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INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC PROGRAMS OUTGROW THE CAFETERIA CLASSROOM

Abby Schell

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The Bishop Kelley drumline, guitar class, and string ensemble practice in a small room in the cafeteria which has too little space for the instruments it is supposed to hold.

The room hosts a large metal crate put in place for the protection of the instruments. This crate is too small hold both the drumline bass drums and all of the string ensemble instruments. In recent years the size of the string ensemble has almost doubled in size.

Karen Harmon is the teacher of the string ensemble. She has been teaching the ensemble for 5 years. She is a private teacher and the conductor of the Tulsa Chamber Orchestra.

“The first year of string ensemble I had 6 in my class. Now there are 11 in String ensemble,” Harmon said.

The ensemble has also gotten new members with larger instruments, including four cellos and a harp. Harps are incredible hard to store, and the ensemble has had trouble with the harp. At the moment the harp is crammed into a section of the metal crate with the bass drums. The guitar class has a specially build storage cabinet for the guitars, but a few guitars are stored in the crate because the cabinet is full.

“I think we are outgrowing the Cafeteria room and storage space is limited,” said Harmon. “We are taking up all the space.”

With limited space many of the musicians are choosing to take their instruments home every night, which is an unnecessary and laborious task. The drumline was originally suppose to use the closet in the corner of the classroom as its storage place, but the bass drums cannot fit through the door. The closet space also is not a space suitable to store the drum sticks as they easily get lost or broken. Much of the room is cluttered with the choirs left overs. When the choir moved to the STC they left much of the music, such as music folder, an extra piano, choir stands, and other necessary equipment which they never cleaned out.

Anna Purvis (10) is a new member of the string ensemble, drumline, and the Bishop Kelley advanced choir.

“All we really need is to clean out the remaining choir stuff to make room for our instruments, and to organize the storage space,” Purvis said.

The Cafeteria music room is too small for the instrumental music programs to properly store and practice.

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