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MHS Elementary Division Expand on Piano Skills During YRE

Milton Hershey School students are exposed to Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) classes, activities, and after-school groups from pre-K through 12th grade. This early introduction allows MHS students the ability to grow and expand on their knowledge before graduation.

Kent Pierce, MHS Elementary Division Music Teacher, created a piano series for this summer’s Year-Round Experiences (YRE) program to expand on curriculum that students were excited about during the 2019-20 school year.

MHS Student playing piano

“Teaching piano at this age level is important as it incorporates many musical skills—playing music, understanding music theory, and creating music,” Pierce said.

Over the years, the VPA department has relocated pianos from across the MHS campus to the elementary school.  Summer learning, through the school’s YRE program, gives MHS faculty the opportunity to teach extensions of the curriculum in a fun and engaging way.

MHS Student playing piano

During this summer piano series, students watch explanatory videos to learn keys, sounds, melodies, and piano features. After the videos, they practice on the pianos in the classroom.

“I hope my students learn to love music and learn at least one instrument,” Pierce said. “The skills they learn at MHS can follow them for the rest of their lives.”

Learn More About Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) at MHS

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