South Walton’s school of rock: Ohana kids don't miss a beat

Published: Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 04:54 PM.

Mitchell always knew he wanted to work with kids and even went to school to be a teacher. This is his first gig as an instructor, but he doesn't want to be a typical teacher. Now, in his second year of teaching, Mitchell has noticed how quickly students pick up learning instruments. He is especially surprised to see how fearless his younger students are.

Now that the arts are rapidly losing funding, Mitchell believes it is the perfect time to invest in the creative endeavors of children, and he is proud of the program Ohana provides.

"There's no school out there like this," he said.

The in-depth music program teaches the students much more than chord changes and cover songs. Through music, children are learning to collaborate and cooperate with one another. And teachers see those same skills in the academic classes.

"It really drives creativity," said Jodi Dawson, a social studies teacher at the school. "Students are learning content through music and building teamwork skills by communicating with one another."


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