Vermont Folk Musicians Perform at Tewksbury’s 2nd Grade Social
Vermont musician Peter Amidon, a renowned folk performing and teaching artist, and his wife Mary Alice, performed live at Tewksbury Elementary School’s (TES) annual Second Grade Social on Thursday, April 18.
“The Social is special because it brings parents and their second graders together in an interactive way,” said Tewksbury Elementary School second grade teacher Regina DeStefano. “It’s a very intimate experience. The Amidons are wonderful, and having them here, performing live, made for a really special experience. We all love them: the students and the teachers, and now the parents.”
The couple was brought to TES by the Tewksbury Education Foundation to conduct a three day in-classroom folk music, storytelling and dance residency for the school’s second grade on Monday, April 15 to Wednesday, April 17, lead a school wide assembly on Thursday, April 18 and perform at the Second Grade Social that evening.
Peter and Mary Alice Amidon, who have made music their lives’ work, are widely respected artists who, for the past twenty years, have specialized in teaching and performing traditional song, dance and storytelling to both children and adults. Mr. Amidon is the founder and former director of Brattleboro Music Center Children’s Choir, a choir director at the Guilford Community Church, and a regular leader of Adult Village Harmony summer camp sessions.
The residency and assembly, as all TEF programs, complied with state and District core curriculum standards. For further information on the Amidons, the TEF and TEF programs, visit www.tewksburytef.org or find the TEF on FACEBOOK.
CUTLINE: Folk music and storytelling artists Peter and Mary Alice Amidon, of Vermont, lead Tewksbury Elementary School’s second graders and their parents through a folk dance while performing at the school’s annual Second Grade Social on Thursday, April 18.
PHOTO CREDIT: Photo was taken by Michelle Regan/TEF, who gives permission to publish it with or without credit given.