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Sing a New Song with Indy

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Courtney Washington, Staff Writer

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     “Music is a more potent instrument than any other for education, because rhythm and harmony find their way into the inward places of the soul,” (Plato).

  Jamie Hawkins is Indy’s new, quirky, and musical loving, choir director. Independence is excited to welcome him into the fine arts family. As well as being an amazing qualifier for the IHS choir, he also has professional experience in the field, as he was a quarterfinalist for a Grammy.

     He says his experience at Indy so far has been, “very great and welcoming, and exciting to see student’s eagerness to excel.” He also adds that the school has, “a culture that’s great, unlike any school.”

   Jamie states that the best part of teaching a choir is, “seeing all of the different people come together as one.” He adds, “choir makes people happy.” Jamie’s favorite quote about teaching choir is, “if all politicians did choir the world would be happy,” (Andrea Ramsey).

    He claims the most exciting part of a concert is, “to see the student’s reaction to why we do what we do, why we spend so much time sight-reading and practicing, and realize it pays off in the end from the audience.” He adds that the song he’s most excited to perform with Chamber Choir is, “Cells Planets, a funky and extraterrestrial feeling song.”

   Jamie is also very confident in the choir’s abilities to win at competitions. “Ready to bring it, logistics are the challenge,” he claims. To prepare for the competitions, he plans on,”dissecting a piece and be very nitpicky about getting the notes, and the meaning to find subtle entities in music.”

   He hopes to expand the extracurricular groups, such as “Who Needs Boys,” and “Show Choir,” by adding in “junior varsity and varsity groups.” He also hopes to bring a piano lab and AP music theory to the fine arts department. That way more people can be included into the fine arts programs and enjoy learning in them.

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