As part of the Ann Arbor District Library Songster Program, local musician Nan Nelson has been teaching Jeff Gaynor’s seventh grade World Culture and Geography classes music and dance from Russia. After three class sessions at Clague Middle School, the two classes sang two songs and danced the troika in the AADL’s multipurpose room on Jan. 21.
“It’s a chance for kids to learn how to make music together like people have been doing thoughout history, which is very different from most of the highly produced music you hear,” said AADL library technician Ira Lax, who oversees the program. “So it’s a chance to do something humans have been doing for millennium with a very good folk musician from the community.”
Bravo to Nan and Jeff and Ira Lax for creating this ‘Songsters’ program. A wonderful, community building opportunity for young students to experience this music. Bravo!!!