Mozart fills air at Spring Garden CARROLL COUNTY DIVERSIONS

December 04, 1992|By Pat Brodowski | Pat Brodowski,Contributing Writer

The melodies of Mozart can no longer be contained within the music room at Spring Garden Elementary. Since early November, they've grabbed the attention of the whole school.

In the cafeteria, "A Little Night Music" dances among students on break for lunch. In art class, it might be "The Marriage of Figaro" that accompanies creative work time.

Mozart is taken home, too, on cassette tapes with study copies of the words to his operas. Tapes of Mozart are going like hot cakes from a special lending library in the school media center.

It's the enthusiasm students have for Mozart that began the study, said music teacher Ida Lea Rubin.

Her second-grade class usually studies Mozart's opera, "The Magic Flute." Last year, art teacher Jan Van Bibber played selections from it during art class.

"One day I walked in and asked, 'Who's singing?' " Mrs. Rubin recalls with delight. "And they answered, 'Papageno.' They loved it so. It just kicked in somewhere."

This year she's given each grade level several of Mozart's compositions to illustrate their usual study of classical musical forms, such as the Turkish Rondo in third grade, and the Adagio for Glass Harmonica in fourth.

The fifth grade is the busiest, as the students learn the words to lots of melodies that were crafted into a musical, "Of Mice and Mozart," which they will perform on Dec. 16.

"Everybody knows these [melodies]," says Mrs. Rubin, because Mozart enhances the action on many radio and television shows.

L "The kids just love his music, even in its simplified form."

Musical surprises fuel the student's interest, too. Mrs. Rubin mentions a possible solo opera performance. The media center is showing a feature film of Mozart's life and music. There are informal concerts given by students who study privately and have a favorite Mozart piece to play. Students in the instrumental music program plan a flute choir.

Even a mystery is afoot. Each week, paper clues such as "If you listen, he will come" are posted at school.

"The kids are going out of their minds," laughs Mrs. Rubin, who refuses to let out the best surprise from her musical bag of tricks.

But she says that it's coming. Soon.

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