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posted: Thu, Apr 19th, 2018

A New Jersey state of mind

It was a musical tribute to the Garden State. The second-grade spring concert featured songs in a variety of musical genres that related to New Jersey in some way.

“Swing Batter Batter” referenced an 1846 baseball game in Hoboken, the first organized baseball game ever played, for example, and “Hit the Beach” was a nod to the famous beaches on the Jersey Shore. A Native American song was a tribute to the early inhabitants of the region, the Lenni Lenappe tribe.

The second-graders also performed a parody of “Yakety Yak” about Thomas Edison, written by music teacher Jillian Lareddola.

A student introduced each song, providing the association between the tune and the state. (The entire second-grade social studies curriculum is devoted to the study of New Jersey including its history, geography, and structure of government.)

The concert also underscored key points of the second-grade music curriculum such as the recognition of musical genres and themes, the study of music from different cultures, and performance skills.

The second-graders practiced for nearly three months in preparation for the concert.

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