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Rockwood Music Teachers Produce Video for Their Students

This image shows 19 people on a video monitor performing a song.

​​Rockwood music and vocal teachers produced a music video from the remote locations of their own homes. 

This displaced symphony performed a rendition of "Count on Me," by Bruno Mars. 

"As we began the transition to our Alternative Learning Plan (ALP), Rockwood Center for Creative Learning (CCL) music teacher Aron Blanke suggested maybe we could figure out how to put together a virtual performance that would allow us the opportunity to create something to share with our students while schools are closed," said Jennifer Houchins, a music specialist at Kehrs Mill Elementary. 

Wild Horse Elementary music specialist Michael Pohlmann explained the production process. 

"Aron created a Google drive folder where we could put the parts for the arrangement along with a sign-up sheet for everyone to indicate what part they wanted to play or sing," said Pohlmann.  "There was also a place for all of us to upload our videos. Then Aron put all the parts together utilizing video editing software." 

Geggie music specialist Leigh Schaefferkoetter said, "We're willing to do anything to help make this experience with our students more enjoyable for them and us." 

​"I don't think this would have ever happened in a normal situation," said Blanke.  "This is our silver lining. As music teachers we are finding new ways to connect with our kids and each other."