Megan Charlesworth is in her first year teaching Lower School music, and her students continue to surprise and delight her.
“A perfect example happened the other day,” Charlesworth said. “In my third grade class, we were working on a piece called ‘Ten Little Angles’ that counts up from one to ten and goes from quiet to loud. I wasn’t trying to teach a lesson about crescendos, but the students asked on their own if there was a name for that progression from quiet to loud, and that’s how my third graders and I ended up talking about crescendos.”
“I love working at Country Day,” Charlesworth continued. “I love coming to work every morning because the kids are very smart and inquisitive and constantly leave me wondering, ‘How did you just come up with that?’”
Next week, Charlesworth will lead her first Lower School Winter Concert, featuring third graders dabbling in harmony by singing in round, fourth graders singing two melodies simultaneously and the fifth grade singing true harmonies. In addition, the LS band and orchestra will also stretch out their muscles on a broad range of material and styles.
The number of fifth grade voices and the breadth of their talent has Charlesworth particularly excited. “I’ve got 35 students that as a grade, I’m extremely impressed with,” she said. “I can’t wait to see how they grow what we can do next year in choir.”
Charlesworth comes to Country Day from the Hazelton Area School District and cites the music department, in addition to her eager and apt students, as an energizing part of her brief tenure here.
“The department just works well together and there’s a common vision and goal to grow the program and reach as many different students in as many different ways as we can,” she said.