• Joshua Strong

Minot State Students to Teach Mini Musicians

The Minot State chapter of the National Association for Music Education, or NAFME, will host Mini Musician Camp on April 13 in Old Main on Minot State’s campus. The event allows Minot State music education majors the opportunity to teach elementary students. This is the second year for the event and was originally started by J’Kobe Wallace, a senior music education major, last year.

“I’ve been a part of NAFME for all four years here,” Wallace said. “I was vice president for two years and I was just giving ideas to make Minot State students better teachers. Last year, I came up with the idea of hosting a mini musician camp. I think its something to give (music education majors) an opportunity to actually teach a lesson with real kids instead of hypothetical situations.”

Now president of the Minot State NAFME, Wallace has made bounds ensuring the club gives future educators the essential boost of tools and practices needed for the road ahead.

“My goal as president is to give the members as many opportunities to be a successful music teacher as possible. If they can’t go out to professional development workshops, they can do it here (on campus) for free,” Wallace said.

This year’s Mini Musician Camp invites students in second through fifth grade from all over the area around and within Minot to Old Main. Music education majors from Minot State will teach them musical instruments such as ukuleles, improvised instruments from PVC pipe, and percussion instruments. The day includes a lunch and concludes with the mini musicians showcasing their newly-minted skills in front of parents on stage in Ann Nicole Nelson Hall.

“It’s a nice introduction to music and an opportunity for the kids to dip their toe in music without the financial or time commitments,” Wallace explained.

Last year’s camp served 13 elementary students. Promise of growing numbers for the upcoming camp is expected with 11 kids already registered with a few weeks left before the event.

“Last year, we received a lot of positive feedback from the parents and the kids,” Wallace said. “They were excited and wanted to do it again — now, a lot of them are already signed up for this year.”

The Minot State NAFME consists of 18 members, each playing a role in the event. From two to three student teachers per instrument and station with the kids, to running registration tables, as well as set up and clean up, teamwork is essential in both conducting an organized event and ensuring a fun and involved learning environment for the kids.

Preregistration for the event is still available by visiting Minot State University NAFME on Facebook or emailing J’Kobe Wallace at JkobecWallace@gmail.com. The harmonious experience begins at 9:30 a.m. in Old Main on April 13. The camp is an opportunity for future educators and mini musicians to learn alike.

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