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K-2 Cooke Students Learn About Musical Instruments

students are enthralled by banjolin and more

November 25, 2013

On Thursday, November 14, two talented women from Simple Gifts Music came to visit the George L. Cooke Elementary School students. Linda Littleton and Karen Hirshon played an amazing array of instruments that some students never had seen before. Some of the instruments were the banjolin, a bowed psaltery, the hammered dulcimer, as well as others. They also played music with the instruments from a variety of ethnic folk songs.

The students were mesmerized when Karen showed them how to play the spoons and when Linda taught them how to make the limberjack dance. A limberjack is a hand carved wooden doll from early folk art.

It’s obvious that the musicians from Simple Gifts love the music they play and know how to share their excitement with an audience. Thank you to Bethel Woods Center for the Arts for sponsoring such a wonderful and educational show.

Picture 1: Linda Littleton and Karen Hirshon from Simple Gifts Music play for the Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade students

Cooke students learn about various instruments

Cooke students learn about different instruments

Picture 2: Kindergarten students Aiden Bone and Jasmine Dunn, and 1st grader Arisbeth Padilla Leon enjoy making the limberjacks dance.