Teachers stress early introduction to music

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Gunnery Sgt. Jeff Frank gives a demonstration of the trumpet for Sue Williams’ music classes at W.J. Gurganus Elementary School in Havelock.

Drew C. Wilson/Havelock News
Published: Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 09:50 AM.

Gunnery Sgt. Jeffrey Frank started taking music lessons 30 years ago when he was in elementary school.

Frank, who is now the small ensemble leader for the highly regarded 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing Band at Cherry Point, did a demonstration of his skills as a trumpet player for students at Gurganus Elementary School last week.

He did so not in his official role with the band, but as a parent. He has two children in the school, and music teacher Sue Williams asked him to come out and talk about music to the students.

Music, Frank said, is important for young students to have in their school curriculum.

"For them, it gives them something that they can grasp onto and develop," he said. "Music is emotional so it can strengthen that emotion side. Otherwise, it’s just something fun to do. When you first start and you’re just playing notes, you don’t get it. As it becomes more and more and you can create new feelings, it’s pretty cool."

Williams said the best musicians start at a young age.

"If they want to be truly good they have to start at an early age — the earlier the better, even if they’re just learning to keep a steady beat and learning to match pitches and then as they are learning to read music it ties right into learning to read words, and I tell them that once they learn to read notes then they can put those notes together into measures just like sentences when they are reading and then put them into stories," said Williams. "It will take them to places that they never dreamed of going, just like reading a book about some faraway place."



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