Children First

When you think of young people and music these days thumping loud beats often comes to mind. Although perhaps O.K., educators want you to think more of children learning and enjoying music with a 'positive' message.

As part of their weekly music class third graders at West End Elementary rehearsed Wednesday a song titled, 'I Believe I Can Fly." Here are some of the words: 'I believe I can fly. I believe I can touch the sky. I think about it every night and day. Spread my wings and fly away.'

"We do a lot of character education songs," says music teacher Ken Clay. "The song we're singing today, 'I Believe I Can Fly,' helps to get the idea across that the children can do anything they want to and be anything they'd like to be and we try to sing a lot of songs like that to help them to build up their own self esteem."

Aside from building up self-esteem the students and Mr. Clay say that singing has other benefits.

"I like to sing because sometimes when I'm made it helps me calm down," says nine-year-old Lashara Brown.

"Maybe if they're struggling in the classroom this gives them something they know they're good at and that can carry over into the classroom," says Clay.

Positive music with a positive message, something Mr. Clay says should be music to anyone's ears.

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