Students have taken delivery of brass and wind instruments
TONICA — The Tonica Grade School music program celebrated a milestone last week when the students took delivery of several musical instruments.
The newly returned program, now in its second year and led by teacher Samantha Farb, started from scratch, so the arrival of the instruments was significant.
“It’s been a challenge, but it’s also been a great opportunity,” Farb said of the revitalized curriculum.
Farb has been fostering a love of music within her students for 14 years and studied music education at VanderCook College of Music in Chicago. As well as being an accomplished flutist, Farb is also an experienced stage performer who frequently performs in productions at Engle Lane Theatre in Streator.
The new Tonica band consists of eight students, and Farb is hopeful their excitement will be contagious and help attract some of their classmates toward the band and choir programs.
“What I love about it is, everyone can do it, everyone can enjoy it, and learning music helps the students in all areas of their education,” she said.
Farb added that music also helps her students feel proud of themselves as they learn, builds their imaginations, promotes teamwork and teaches them self-discipline.
“The students like being able to get up and be active and creative,” Farb said when talking about what her students have enjoyed about band.
Her group will soon be practicing hard as they begin to master their chosen instruments because their Beginning Band Demonstration Concert is scheduled for Feb. 7.
“We’re on our way, but it’s not a quick thing. Getting them excited is half the battle, but we’re all happy to have music back at TGS,” Farb said.
The new band and choir programs are still in need of more instruments and additional funding if the groups are to continue to grow, but Farb said she is up to the challenge.
“I’ve received approval to host some fundraisers for additional equipment, and we’d also love to have any instruments people would be willing to donate to our program,” she said.
“Our numbers are small now, but I think once the students see how much fun it can be, they’ll want to be a part of it,” she added.