HAMMOND Big changes could be coming to Hammond Central Schools music department.
Board members invited music teacher Bridget Sherman to speak at Tuesdays meeting to discuss ways to improve the districts music program.
Ms. Sherman said she is the only person in New York State who holds the title of pre-Kindergarten to twelfth grade general music, instrumental and voice teacher. She said that provides a lot of challenges in a school with over 300 students.
She asked the board to hire a part-time music teacher to help manage some of her larger classes. As the schools lone music teacher, Ms. Sherman has had to double up on classes and instrumental lessons for students at multiple levels at once.
Currently fourth through sixth grade students are not meeting their required seat time, she said. I am not able to cover all the material in the allotted time.
The part-time teacher would also help manage the students and backstage work during the spring and winter concerts.
Ms. Sherman said she would also like to start a music theory class for students.
For those interested in pursuing music, you have to have to study music theory as part of that major, Ms. Sherman said. I cant provide the class right now, as I am only one person.
Ms. Sherman also suggested purchasing acoustic choir shells for concerts held in the schools gymnasium.
The acoustic shells act as deflectors so the sound is able to bounce out to the audience, she said. That will help dramatically, especially for the elementary school concerts. Right now, sound gets sucked back into the stage and doesnt get brought out to the audience at all.
Ms. Sherman said she would also like to get more instruments and a technician brought in periodically to repair broken instruments.
She would also like to teach a general music class for students who are not interested in studying band or chorus. After the presentation, Board President Timothy W. Pitcher said he supports the proposed plan.
Id like to form a committee and work on resolving some of these issues, Board President Timothy Pitcher said. Were working on getting someone to help you part-time and getting chairs. We would also work on getting the word out about asking for more donations for instruments.