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And the Oscar Goes to PS 22

Just in case you didn’t stay up to watch the Oscars last night, here’s a chance to see those great kids from Staten Island PS 22.

A music teacher once informed me emphatically that you can’t teach kids to sing harmony until at least eighth grade.   And like a few other elementary music teachers, she also insisted that pop music wasn’t appropriate to use in chorus.  Tell that to these fifth graders.

Kudos to teacher Gregg Breinberg for recognizing the potential of these kids and for releasing the joy and pride in accomplishment that all kids have.  It makes your heart glad just to see the results of this gifted teacher’s energy and enthusiasm, not to mention his confidence in his students.

Watch the video below, and see more here and here.

Their info on youtube notes that they are an “ever-changing group of 5th graders from a public elementary school in Staten Island, New York.”  And they are quick to point out that they are NOT a school for the arts or a magnet school.  I would love to know what's available for these kids as they move into middle school and high school.  After all, they can already sing harmony.

 

 

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