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Practice Buddies Inspire Growth

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East Islip High School’s Tri-M Music Honor Society continued its Practice Buddy program for the second year in a row. High school music students were paired up with elementary instrumentalists from John F. Kennedy Elementary School and Ruth C. Kinney Elementary School as their “practice buddies.”

The students met for a weekly video chat and worked on fundamentals of playing their instrument. The older students listened, demonstrated on their own instruments, and provided feedback on everything from posture and instrument setup to intonation and rhythm. The high schoolers enjoyed the chance to connect with East Islip’s young musicians.

“I personally love the Practice Buddy program and hope to see it grow with each year,” Tri-M President Liam Kearney said. “I loved developing a personal relationship with an aspiring musician and I think it’s a good way to encourage kids to continue their career in music. It gives them something to look forward to with regard to their musicianship."

Elementary orchestra and band teachers Jaimie DeMaria, Ron Fox, Lynda Maniscalco and Angela Stewart served as organizers, providing the high school students with the materials they needed and ensuring that the program was a complete success.

“We were so happy for another amazing year of Practice Buddies,” said Tri-M advisers Christopher Neske and Giovanna Ruggiero.

Date Added: 6/30/2022

Sunday, October 02, 2022