Third Grade Dives Deep with Women in Music

By Music teacher Catie Hickey
Following up on the International Women’s Day Morning Ex, I once again invited flutist Gaby Vargas and pianist and music director Christie Chiles-Twillie to visit Parker’s 3rd grade students for a conversation in a more personal setting.
Chiles-Twillie and Vargas discussed what drew them to their particular instruments and performed a short excerpt of a work they might play in their day-to-day life. Unlike the larger-format Morning Ex events, this gathering allowed 3rd graders to ask in-depth questions about the musicians’ backgrounds, career paths, aspirations and challenges. The students made astute connections to their own curriculum in music class.

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Francis W. Parker School educates students to think and act with empathy, courage and clarity as responsible citizens and leaders in a diverse democratic society and global community.