Penn State’s Partners in Music
Tonight, my family and I will head over to a local elementary school for one of those parental rites of passage: our son’s school band concert. What makes this one different (and maybe even unique) is how Penn State professors are involved in polishing the far-from-perfect sounds of our son and his fellow fifth graders.
“Partners is Music” is a collaborative effort between Penn State music educators and State College area schools, through which members of the various elementary school bands come together each fall to prepare for a joint concert. That’s why, each Wednesday for the past six weeks, I’ve been dropping off my trumpet-toting kid at the Blue Band building for rehearsals before the sun has even cleared Mount Nittany. Those early mornings haven’t been easy, but we’re excited to see the payoff tonight.
As parents, it’s hardly the first time we’ve seen all the ways the university enriches the local community. From Penn State student teachers in our kids’ classrooms, former Nittany Lion football players teaching their gym classes, or just typically talented students helping out with extracurricular activities of all sorts, it’s another reminder that we’re lucky to be here.
Ryan Jones, senior editor