Local citizen donates Recorders to Glen Park Academy Students

COMMUNITY MEMBER VANESSA WELTY generously donated soprano recorders, a woodwind instrument similar to the flute, to fifth grade music students at Glen Park Academy in Gary. Appreciative students presented her with a thank you card.

One of the best instruments to introduce young students to music in a classroom is the recorder. The recorder is a woodwind musical instrument very similar to flutes; that is, a flute with a whistle mouthpiece. Since its finger spacing is relatively small, it is often used in music education for children first learning to play an instrument.

GLEN PARK MUSIC students demonstrated their skills on the recorder during a visit from donor Vanessa Welty.

This week, a fifth grade class at Glen Park Academy (GPA) in Gary received a generous donation of soprano recorders from community member Vanessa Welty. When GPA music teacher Daria Depa learned of the donation she invited Welty, who is a colleague, to make the presentation in person.

“I wanted the students to meet the person behind the generosity and give them the opportunity to thank her,” said Depa.

While visiting the class, Welty was able to witness what the students would be learning on their instruments and was touched by their excitement. The class presented Welty with a thank you card, played a song for her and taught her to play “Hot Cross Buns” on the recorder.

“This gift is from my heart, and I know that the children will benefit from the recorders while hopefully sparking a greater interest in music,” said a teary-eyed Welty.

The class will perform on their recorders at Glen Park Academy’s Christmas Program in December.

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