Music teachers honored for efforts in harmony

NEIGHBORS

March 21, 1994|By CINDY PARR

Do, re, mi, fa, so, la, ti and do are familiar words that we have all hummed at one time or another.

These are the words that typically represent the musical scale as it sounds in the key of "C."

I remember first singing these one-syllable words at age 5, when my kindergarten teacher asked our class to make sounds that she insisted would somehow resemble music.

For first-time students we found it to be a tough job, but we knew we had to do it. So we did.

Since that initial experience, there have been many encounters with music in my life.

There have been those unforgettable songs I have sung in the shower, in high school choruses and in church choirs.

There have even been some memorable moments playing in orchestra and band concerts.

Each experience has given me a greater appreciation for those who give their time, patience and talent to teach the art of music.

For their contributions, several Carroll County music teachers will be honored this month.

The theme "Music For Good Measure" will be celebrated and music teachers throughout the county will be recognized for the dedication they exhibit and the enrichment they bring to our children's education.

One such individual is vocal music teacher Norma Brown.

Mrs. Brown, who teaches music at three elementary schools in central Carroll, is a fine example of a devoted teaching professional.

For more than 20 years, Mrs. Brown has been sharing her musical knowledge with students in Baltimore and Carroll counties.

Now, more than 600 students at Sandymount, Westminster and William Winchester elementary schools receive their vocal musical instruction from Mrs. Brown.

"I have always been interested in music and I always wanted to be a teacher. There was never anything else for me. I decided at a very young age that I wanted to be a vocal music teacher," said Mrs. Brown, one of about 60 music instructors teaching Carroll students.

Throughout the school year, Mrs. Brown encourages her students to enjoy the musical facet of their cultural arts education.

And during Music in Our Schools month her lessons will intensify.

"What is done during Music in Our Schools month varies from school to school," Mrs. Brown explained.

"Some teachers will have assemblies, some will have concerts or present special topics in the classroom. We do what we can to bring attention to the program."

While she continues to work diligently to show her students the ** importance of the arts, Mrs. Brown relishes the benefits of her role as teacher.

"The most rewarding thing is knowing that you're touching young children's lives and helping to mold or shape them in some way," she said.

"These are the rewards of teaching. I love it as much now as I did when I first started," she said.

lTC Hats off to Norma Brown and all the music teachers in Carroll County.

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Temperatures are on the rise and so is the number of spring activities brewing in central Carroll this weekend.

Saturday, the Ladies Auxiliary of the Westminster Fire Company will act as host for its fourth annual Craft Bazaar from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Westminster Fire Hall.

Some 40 vendors will exhibit a variety of crafts, including jewelry, tole painting, clay sculptures, dried flower arrangements, woodworking, hand-sewn items, T-shirts, ceramics and stuffed animals.

An artist will be on hand to create portraits and cartoon caricatures.

Many foods for breakfast and lunch will be available for purchase.

The Ladies Auxiliary will also have a homemade baked goods table.

Children can have their picture taken with the Easter Bunny.

Information: 857-9715 or 857-5260.

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If you like to hunt and tell hunting stories (lies?), make a point of attending the Fellowship of Christian Bowhunters supper at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Faith Community Bible Church in Union Mills.

Bowhunters will be able to practice because targets will be in place.

A $5 donation is requested for the supper. All proceeds will benefit the Fellowship of Christian Bowhunters.

Information: 346-7798.

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