2018-04-07 / News

Island Students Perform Popular Music for Friends and Family


Above: The high school’s integrated music class performs as a group to conclude the annual Pops Concert Wednesday, March 21, (from left) music teacher Heather May, Hannah Styburski, Nate Smith, and Cheyla Shunk. Above: The high school’s integrated music class performs as a group to conclude the annual Pops Concert Wednesday, March 21, (from left) music teacher Heather May, Hannah Styburski, Nate Smith, and Cheyla Shunk. Middle and high school students at Mackinac Island Public School performed the annual pops concert for friends and family in the school library Wednesday, March 21. Arts and music teacher Heather May organized the concert, which featured several solo and ensemble performances from the seventh and eighth grade students, and a solo from each student in the high school’s integrated music class. The concert concluded with a group performance from the high school students, with vocals by Ms. May.

Learning to play an instrument and read sheet music, Ms. May said, provides many educational benefits that are beyond the scope of music. This includes improvements in reading and verbal skills, short-term memory, grammar and vocabulary, and pattern recognition.


At left: Clara Chambers performs the song “Girls/ Girls/Boys” on the bass guitar in the school library. At left: Clara Chambers performs the song “Girls/ Girls/Boys” on the bass guitar in the school library. “These skills can be useful in many areas, [and] will follow students their whole lives,” she said.

The students chose their own songs that they performed to a crowded audience in the school library. Among many was “The Imperial March” from the Star Wars movies, performed by seventh graders Nora Bailey on the trombone and Megan Horricks on percussion, and the White Stripes’ “Seven Nation Army” by eighth graders Asher Topham on saxophone, Isaac Smith, and Jordan Biron. There were also several acoustic renditions from the high school students, such as Green Day’s “Wake Me Up When September Ends,” by senior Cheyla Shunk, and “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” by sophomore Hannah Styburski.



Sophomore Nate Smith performs a solo. Sophomore Nate Smith performs a solo.

Eighth grade student Xavier Mosley performs a song on the ukulele during the Pops Concert Wednesday, March 21, accompanied by seventh grader Aidan Ogle (not pictured) on percussion. Eighth grade student Xavier Mosley performs a song on the ukulele during the Pops Concert Wednesday, March 21, accompanied by seventh grader Aidan Ogle (not pictured) on percussion.

Freshman John Andress plays several popular tunes for a “Guess the Song” activity, Wednesday, March 21, in the school library, where he quizzed the audience’s musical knowledge. Freshman John Andress plays several popular tunes for a “Guess the Song” activity, Wednesday, March 21, in the school library, where he quizzed the audience’s musical knowledge.

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