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Chilton students incorporate singing and learning

CHILTON (WLUK) -- Chilton Schools are using this week as an opportunity to connect singing with learning.

Professionals showed students and staff how it's done.

Small rhythms... coming together to form something much bigger.

That's what students in the Chilton School District got to experience Thursday.

Caleb Kopecky, a junior at Chilton High School, said, "I've had a lot of fun with it. I feel like it offers a lot of different aspects to what we can do with singing."

The district-wide workshop was directed by Paul Smith. He's a vocal educator from the British music group "VOCES8"

Paul Smith, head of participation for VOCES8, said, "Being in Wisconsin is just fantastic. It's really nice to be back in an area where singing is so supported, there's a great teaching staff and great excitement about making music."

While the workshop has a big focus on music and fun, the school district also hopes this experience will impact the students' learning.

Melissa Ebert, ArtsCore coach for the Chilton Public School District, said, "We believe it allows our students to grasp onto subjects easier, whether it be math or social studies."

Workshops like these are part of an approach by the school to take teaching to the next level. It's all funded by a $200,000 grant from the Margaret. A. Cargill foundation.

Ebert said, "We found that any student who might struggle with learning content, if you give them a way to draw what they're thinking, or act out what they're thinking, they're able to participate."

The immediate affect of these techniques is a school district... unified in song.

Lauren Mortimer, senior at Chilton High School, said, "The fact that we can get the whole school district involved and sing a piece that we just learned... it's great to come together as a community."

Smith said, "Seeing those high school students leading those younger students today, that for me, is the best thing that's happened. It's just great for all of them."

Improving the students' performances both on the stage, and in the classroom.

These workshops will culminate in a joint concert at Chilton High School on February 17th at 7pm.

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