FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — How much can you learn from a bucket?
One Fort Wayne music teacher has drummed up a creative way to bring music back into the classroom.
Teaching music in a pandemic isn’t easy, but Oak View Elementary has found its rhythm.
"We can’t sing this year with Covid, and we can’t have choir, and band didn’t start right away, and I really wanted to do something with these fifth graders," said Oak View Music Teacher Kristen Lemley.
Lemley’s fifth graders have been limited with the types of instruments they can learn, but she has found a way to bring rhythm into the classroom with one bucket and two drumsticks.
"You have to make it interesting for them, you still have to cover all these standards, and this is just the perfect way to do it with the bucket drums," Lemley said.
Cora Snyder is just happy to be playing music with her classmates.
"We don’t get to do a lot of stuff as a whole class and like sing and all that fun stuff, so it’s just a fun idea to play the bucket drums," Snyder said.
In a normal year, Oak View fifth graders would be preparing for a school musical. Instead, they plan to drum on camera for the Fort Wayne FAME Festival.
"At first, it was kind of just a little bit overwhelming, but then once we, like after the first one or two tries, we got the hang of it, and I think it sounded pretty good," Snyder said.
And the students are all in.
"And they have loved it. I mean, they rock," Lemley said.
Lemley still hopes for a musical celebration at the end of the year. Until then, she’s waiting on warmer weather, so students can distance themselves outside.
Last year’s fifth graders held an online talent show, but this year's class aims to perform something in-person.