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Fourth Graders Make Music -- The Professional Way

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Area fourth graders get a shot to make music -- just like the professionals.  

St. Mary's Grade School, the North Dakota Council on the Arts and Makoche Recording team up on a world music project.  "They're the types of activities that stay with kids for the rest of their lives.  And they're the types of activities that foster that rich cultural experience that's such a blessing for this city," says Tony Fladeland, Principal, St. Mary's Grade School.

"I was just like shell-shocked that our class got to do this," says Megha Bharadwaj, Fourth Grade Student, St. Mary's Grade School.

Over the past year, the North Dakota Council on the Arts has been exploring the intersection between science, technology, engineering, math -- and the arts.  They say research shows students benefit when you combine them all.

"We're going to use this as an example to other schools, and teachers, and teaching artists as to what can happen when the two come together," says Rebecca Engelman, Arts & Education Director, North Dakota Council on the Arts.  "It's just so essential that it be a regular part of their day, says Fladeland.

While there are no plans to record a full St. Mary's Fourth Grade Album, each student will get a copy of the recordings.


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