Congratulations to the Eastvalley Recorder Ninjas!

Eastvalley Recorder Ninjas have been selected to be included in a new publication on Student Voice.

We are so pleased that the Quaglia Institute is working on a new publication on Student Voice. They invited participants in the CCSD Teacher Leader Academy to submit an example of student voice for the new publication. The Eastvalley Recorder Ninjas have been selected to be included in this new publication.

Under the direction of Dr. Anthony Bernard, the “ninjas” are Eastvalley students who achieve an extraordinary level of proficiency on Soprano Recorder. Once they reach this level, they are allowed to extend their learning to include sopranino, alto, tenor and bass recorders. These Ninjas come to the music room before school for “Morning Music” where they work independently and with others to learn new music as well as helping beginning and intermediate students master the Soprano Recorder. The Ninjas also perform at special events at the school and in the community.

Our Ninjas, through determination and perseverance, have learned the value of practice and can relate that to other areas of study and to the real world. They know that if they practice, they will reach higher levels of achievement. It is a prestigious honor for these kids because fewer than 10% of students attain this level. The most exciting part is that once the students attain this level of musicality, they have the tools to pick and perform any music that interests them, thereby expressing their unique voice through music.

Congratulations to the Eastvalley Recorder Ninjas!


Dr. Joseph Woodruff, Supervisor
Performing Arts – General & Choral Music / Dance & Theatre

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