Mountain View Elementary spring concert, a folk music success

At the Mountain View Elementary spring concert, K-4 students sang and danced to folk songs from around the world that told stories about everyday life, nature, and diverse cultures. Under the direction of Music Teacher, Brenna Hyvonen, the May 10 concert, “Rock Like a Folk Star,” embraced a variety American folk classics as well as traditional pieces, originating from different parts of the globe. “I chose music that I feel is important for every kid to know, while exposing them to folk music from other cultures,” Hyvonen stated. Hyvonen explained that she wanted to showcase what the students do in music/rhythm classes. Thus, some pieces included students playing the Djembe drums, Xylophone and/or creating a rhythm by dancing and using their hands and feet to create a beat. The students showed enthusiasm and were excited to entertain the packed Civic Center audience of parents and community members. “I think they all did a wonderful job. They have incredible energy, especially when they are out on stage,” Hyvonen said. To name a few of the pieces selected were, “Skip to my Lou,” “Soy un Coya,” (Traditional Argentinean), “Get Rhythm,” by Johnny Cash, “Los Machetes,” (Traditional Mexican), “I Love the Mountains,” “Ayele,” (Traditional Ghanan), “The Birch Tree,” “Tongo,” (Traditional Somoan), and for fun, a pop song, “Hall of Fame,” by the Script. For the finale, Hyonen asked audience members to sing along to “Happy Trails.”

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