Daycroft 5th and 6th Graders Perform Chimes Concerts for Appreciative Audiences

ANN ARBOR, MI (December 17, 2008) — Daycroft Montessori School’s 5th and 6th grade class played holiday favorites and other tunes in a pair of chimes concerts today.

The first performance, which began at 10:30 am, delighted an audience of approximately 30 elderly and physically challenged residents of University Living, an assisted living residence at 2865 S. Main St. on Ann Arbor’s south side, near Briarwood Mall.

children at daycroft chimes concert

The class then moved on to the mall itself, to a spot near the Sears store’s entrance, for a repeat performance at 12:00 noon before assembled shoppers.

Cheryl Theis, Daycroft’s music teacher, led the more than 20 students in performance. She noted to audiences how the chimes ensemble helps the children learn the values of teamwork and cooperation, while developing their listening skills.

The holiday-accented program included "Jingle Bells," "Jolly Old St. Nicholas," "Up on the Housetop," and "Joy to the World." The latter tune, said Theis, was the most difficult of the set to perform, requiring the students to carefully tie high and low parts into an ear-pleasing whole.

In a program-ending reprise of "Jingle Bells," Theis and the students enlisted volunteers from the audience to participate by playing bells. After the final song, audience members had the opportunity to try out the chimes themselves.

children at daycroft chimes concert

Other tunes in the program: "German Folk Song" and "Over the River and Through the Woods."

Daycroft Montessori School is one of Washtenaw County’s leading independent schools. It began as a preschool program in 1968. Since then, Daycroft has grown to include a full-day kindergarten program, an elementary school program through 6th grade, before-school and after-school care, summer camp programs, and enrichment classes.

Daycroft Elementary School (grades K through 6) and Daycroft’s administrative offices are located at 1095 N. Zeeb Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Phone: (734) 662-3335.

Daycroft Preprimary School (preschool and kindergarten) is at 100 E. Oakbrook Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48104. Phone: (734) 930-0333.

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