Musicians inspire Park Avenue students |

Musicians inspire Park Avenue students

Park Avenue Alternative Education students play drums with, from left, John Basa and Kit Bailey as part of a potential music program for the school.
Submitted by Marty Mathiesen |

Park Avenue Alternative Education site has experienced improved attendance and students have been enjoying field trips for good behavior.

During a visit Oct. 22, Mark Vance from Music in the Mountains and some professional drummers exposed students to the wonder of music, said Park Avenue Principal Marty Mathiesen.

“The intent was to stimulate interest in beginning a music program here,” Mathiesen said.

“It was a huge hit with the kids.”

“The intent was to stimulate interest in beginning a music program here. It was a huge hit with the kids.”
Park Avenue Principal Marty Mathiesen

Mathiesen said he had been brainstorming with Vance, drummers Kit Bailey and John Basa, along with interested community member Greg Zaller about engaging students through musical experience and decided to start with the fundamentals of percussion and rhythm.

“We intend to get to performance level with it but are in the beginning stages,” Mathiesen said.

Students also visited Sierra College Oct. 25 to gain exposure to courses, financial aid and counseling and “the spectrum of offerings and possibilities,” Mathiesen said.

Attendance is 154 percent of what it was last year, with 7,000 more class periods attended this year, he added.

To contact Staff Writer Jennifer Terman, email or call 530-477-4230.

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