Ukuleles Arrive at Grandview

The Importance of Music Education

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MY JOB is to teach in a way that you can learn.

YOUR JOB is to be smarter at the end of the day than you were this morning.

Mrs. Lisa Voss , Music Educator

My name is Lisa Voss.  I graduated from Ball State University with a degree in Choral and General Music Education.  I also have a masters in Elementary Education from Indiana Wesleyan University.  This is my 17th year teaching in the MCCSC and my 14th year at Grandview Elementary School.  My husband, Joe, is employed at Cook and we have two children, Jolie Mae (12 years old) and Tye (10).  We love our country home in Owen County and we spend lots of time outdoors.  My hobbies are fishing, junkin', crafting, painting, artful journaling and riding horses! 

Thank you to Mary Keck and Chris Howell, from the Bloomington Herald- Times, for featuring our music classroom in the newspaper!  We really enjoyed having you here!

Photos and Video by Chris Howell, Senior Photo Journalist
Herald-Times Newspaper
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Ukuleles arrive at grandview

Thank you to our Grandview families for donating $1400.00 to buy ukuleles for our classroom!  We LOVE them!!!


Thank you so much for supporting music education by featuring our school in the Bloomington Herald-Times! 


Chris Howell, Photographer

Michael Reschke, Reporter

Mary Keck, K-12 Education Reporter

"My third grader (Cason) said because his music teacher, Mrs. Voss, has been teaching his class to play the ukulele, he already had an understanding for his acoustic guitar on his first lesson. He said by practicing the ukulele, playing the guitar seemed familiar. Cason said G7, and other chords were easy for him to pick up on. His instructor agreed that Cason picked up on the guitar quickly, and was impressed!"


Veida Hughes

Grandview Parent

Ukuleles make learning music fun for MCCSC students

By Michael Reschke

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When Lisa Voss saw how students reacted to the ukuleles in Jill Courtney's music class at Summit Elementary School, she knew she had to get some for her students at Grandview Elementary School.


"I saw how successful they were," Voss said. "It's such an easy instrument to play."


Last year, Voss taught music at both Grandview and Summit. At Summit, she taught one sixth-grade music class, and Courtney taught two. Courtney's husband played the ukulele, and she had started to incorporate them into her sixth-grade music classes.


Voss said they didn't want her class to miss out just because they had the traveling teacher, so Courtney invited Voss and her class to double up and try the ukuleles. In 10 minutes, the students were able to accompany themselves with the ukuleles as they sang songs.


Seeing the sixth-graders eagerly pick up an instrument and sing, Voss decided she had to get some for her students at Grandview. She went to the school's parent teacher organization, and in four weeks, she had about $1,400 to buy her own ukuleles. That was enough for Voss to purchase 32 instruments and set a little extra aside for maintenance.


"The parents went above and beyond what we asked for," Voss said.


The students exceeded Voss' expectations, too. When the ukuleles arrived two weeks before the end of the last school year, she told the sixth-graders they could come in during their recess to learn how play them. When 25 students came in, Voss said it melted her heart.


"I've taught music for 14 years with all kinds of instruments," she said. "I've never seen an instrument have an effect like this on kids."


The ukuleles help students learn rhythm, beats and pitch. She's also seen them help shy students get over their fear of singing.


"Some kids, you have to get on your hands and knees and beg to get them to sing," Voss said. "But if you put a ukulele in their hands, they forget."


The confidence students gain from learning to play an instrument and singing can carry over into other areas like math and reading, Voss said. Shelbee Kinser, a fourth-grader in Libby Torphy's class, wasn't thinking about that when she got to play a ukulele Wednesday. She was just enjoying the music.


"I like how they sound," she said.


For Rachel Milroy, another fourth-grader in Torphy's class, playing the instrument helps alleviate tension.


"The strings are really relaxing," she said.


This school year, students in third through sixth grade at Grandview get to play the ukuleles, but the goal is to have all grades using them at some point.


"Anyone can do it," Voss said. "I should have started doing this years ago."

By:  Michael Reschke

Reporter with the Herald-Times

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The importance of music education