The students of Twin Rivers Elementary School have once again teamed up to create a video that showcases their talents.
Music teacher Fin Page challenged his grade 3 to 7 students to record themselves performing the Beatles song “Let it Be”. He provided them with the proper keys and chords and then encouraged them to sing or play the song.
More than 40 kids sent in recordings and in the final product you can see kids singing, playing ukulele, piano, flute, violin and even a killer guitar solo.
“Culture these days with kids is moving away from band. With YouTube, kids these days want to to be rock stars,” said Page. “It has been neat to see their confidence and they see it as a chance to try a new skill in front of the camera.”
Page also said it was great to see kids playing music with their families as part of the project.
He was pleasantly surprised to discover the submissions contained music instruments not taught in his ukulele-based classes. Some students even made their own tracks by playing several instruments.
Earlier during the COVID-19 pandemic, Page created a video of his students recreating famous works of art.
Like most teachers, Page has been juggling the roles of teaching both in person and online. He has found a silver lining however, in the smaller class sizes that have returned to in-person learning.
“You can really connect,” said Page. “A lot of kids — because they are quiet, or because of loud kids, or because of the needs of others — get lost in the shuffle.
“It has been nice connecting properly. With 10 kids, every kid has a voice.”
Page’s parting message for the summer — keep playing music.
“When kids are messing around with music, they never lose.”