Fourth, fifth and sixth grade band students from Clear Stream Avenue and Forest Road elementary schools recently had the unique opportunity to speak with Dr. Bruce Pearson, a well-known composer, music educator and author, through Google Meet.
Coordinated by music teacher T.J. Adams, more than 90 students and several administrators including Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Jennifer Lewner, Clear Stream Avenue Assistant Principal Yannie Chon and Forest Road Assistant Principal Michael DeBlasio, participated in the session to learn more about Dr. Pearson and his deep connection to music. Dr. Pearson is the author of the students band method book.
The virtual meeting came to fruition after Mr. Adams learned that Dr. Pearson was conducting meetings to those interested in speaking with him during the pandemic. Mr. Adams submitted a form and was pleasantly surprised to be chosen for a meeting with his District 30 band students. Prior to the Google Meet, the students were asked to submit questions for Dr. Pearson. This included questions about songs, copyright issues, his books and more. Dr. Pearson also shared his background with the students such as how he got into music and spoke about his hobbies and travel experiences. The students were fascinated by his stories.
“He could not have been more engaging and genuine with the kids,” said Mr. Adams. “He was kind and friendly. He was funny and personable. He related so well to the kids and his love for music could clearly be felt through chat!”