WITH VIDEO: Meet Ms. Koedyker’s music classes

Krystle Wagner • Jan 29, 2016 at 12:00 PM

Each Friday on the pages of the Tribune and online at grandhaventribune.com, we will highlight a Classroom of the Week.

This feature sheds light on the work students and teachers are doing, and it lets the community know what makes each class special.

Here’s more about this week’s featured classroom:

Teacher name: Mari Jo Koedyker

Number of students: Hundreds, all students at four schools: Central High School, Peach Plains Elementary, Lake Hills Elementary and Griffin Elementary.

What makes my classroom special? My classroom is special because of the music we make together. Music is just plain fun, and I don't know a kid who doesn't connect with music in some way. I love connecting with students via music and creating and singing together. It is truly a special thing.

Class motto: Everyone is a musician.

What are you most proud of? The work done with ukuleles in my classroom. We received a grant through the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation when we added a music course at Central High School. The students have really taken to it and enjoyed learning to play the ukuleles. Ukes have also been used at the elementary level with my fourth-graders in an after-school club.

Fun fact about classroom: At the elementary level, I do a lot of hand signs to communicate directions. Students know what to do or where to go just by watching my hands.

What would you like community to know? I would like the community to know that I daily see the impact that music makes in the lives of children. It provides opportunities for creativity and self-expression, which is extremely important in child development.

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