Students, music teacher embrace new instruments

Kjel Hanson, far left, music teacher, poses with junior-high students holding hand chimes.

Keokuk Catholic Schools have been hearing some new sounds in the halls this fall. The school’s new part-time music teacher is Kjel Hanson, the music director at United Methodist Church. He has taught students to use various unique percussion instruments, such as the guiro, cabasa, tambourine, rhythm sticks, bongo, etc. 

Now the fourth- and fifth-graders are learning to play recorders. They have learned several songs.

The junior-high students are learning to play hand chimes. Hanson has generously shared the chimes from his church with our students. The sound is beautiful, but the students have found that the playing technique can be challenging. Every class is learning to actually read music. 

The school is looking forward to a very special Christmas program this year with all these new talents.


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