Norfolk’s Freeman-Kennedy School Instrumental Music Program Produces Virtual Performances
The Freeman-Kennedy School Instrumental Music Program has produced, and will continue to produce, virtual performances amid the COVID-19 pandemic, announced Superintendent Dr. Ingrid Allardi recently. The first virtual performance was shared with the FreemanKennedy School community on Saturday, Nov. 7. The virtual performance, created by Instrumental Teacher John Fouracre, consisted of a compilation of numerous students playing the flute, clarinet, saxophone, trombone, trumpet and percussion instruments to the tune of “High Adventure.” The program expects to share a virtual performance each month with families. Each performance will showcase a group piece compiled of numerous students’ videos to the tune of one song and students’ solo pieces. Student participation is optional. Any student who wishes to submit a solo piece to be included in the virtual performances will have the opportunity to do so. Currently, 14 students have submitted solo pieces to be featured. To create the virtual performances, Fouracre’s students pre-record videos of themselves performing a piece with their instrument of choice. Once the videos are recorded by the students and uploaded to Flipgrid, Fouracre then edits them together in Final Cut Pro to make a supercut. “These virtual performances provide the students the opportunity to take pride in their work and showcase their talents in the absence of our usual concerts,” Fouracre said. “As a performance program, we have had the challenge of working to find an alternative to our usual in-person concerts. These performance recordings allow our students to virtually play a song together while performing from the safety of their own homes.” The Freeman-Kennedy School Instrumental Music Program, under the direction of Mr. John Fouracre, is open to all students in grades four through six. All who choose to participate are given the opportunity to learn about music in a variety of settings which include lessons, sectional rehearsals, two weekly morning band rehearsals and performances.