One thing that sets Parker apart is the drive of our faculty to provide a responsive educational experience for our students, to better respond and tailor curriculum based on interests and questions. And so, when a 5th grade student voiced her concerns about what she perceived to be a lack of female representation in the music industry, teacher Kingsley Tang jumped at the chance to help his music classes take a closer look at gender inequity in the music industry.
As part of this work, Tang orchestrated a special Women in Music Morning Ex for 5th grade students wherein he invited five female musicians representing different styles of music and subcultures to the school to help illuminate the people and personal stories behind each of them.
At the Women in Music Morning Ex, pianist and music director Christie Chiles-Twillie joined Parker’s horn teacher and trombone player Catie Hickey, bassist and vocalist Katie Ernst, hornist Joanna Schulz and flutist Gaby Vargas with their instruments in front of an assembled audience in the Harris Center. They took turns introducing themselves and their instruments and sharing their personal stories about what drew them to music in general and each of their specific instruments in particular.
The experience featured great music and thought-provoking discussion, helping all in attendance appreciate the personalities and people behind the instruments.
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