PIERCETON — Ricky Jefferson has been the music instructor for the past year at South Whitley Elementary School, but thanks to a new opportunity, he is now the elementary music instructor for both of Whitko’s elementary schools.
“We are so excited to have Mr. Jefferson join the Pierceton family,” said Pierceton Elementary School Principal Michele Smith. “It has been a joy to hear the fun, upbeat music coming from the music room. I know the students will learn musical skills and enjoy working toward their music performances during the year.”
“During his first year here at South Whitley, many students, staff and parents commented on how much they enjoyed the music programs Mr. Jefferson presented,” said SWES Principal Bryan Emmert. “Students are playing a wide assortment of instruments, singing parts on songs and seem to really enjoy his guitar playing while the students sing.”
Jefferson is known for his authentic guitar playing and covers many family-friendly favorites in the classroom.
“One thing I love to do with music students is instruments,” said Jefferson. “I love to play the instruments and then let the students play.”
According to Curriculum and Special Services Director Ward Lamon, by having one teacher deliver the music curriculum in both elementary schools, Whitko is ensuring that “all elementary students receive high quality and consistent music education.”
“It’s more than something that people enjoy listening to,” said Lamon. “Music education provides a foundation for literacy, math, physical activity and establishes lifelong skill sets. Reading music allows students to practice many of the basic reading foundation skills – reading from left to right, taking note of where to read and where to rest, and understanding symbols that translate into meaning.”