Edmond teacher’s library classes are music to young ears

BY JESSE OLIVAREZ Modified: January 26, 2010 at 12:10 am •  Published: January 26, 2010
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EDMOND — Susan Wood said she hopes her efforts at Edmond Public Library will last a lifetime.

Twice a month, Wood teaches classes in the basics of music to children age 2 to 6.

Wood said her main goal is to instill a deep sense of music appreciation in her students.

"I hope they have fun,” she said. "I want them to experience different musical styles, to be able to participate with their singing voices and have a greater understanding of music.”

During the 30-minute sessions, Wood teaches music concepts such as pitch and tempo, rhythm and the different types of instruments people play.

She also works in lessons such as counting and foreign languages such as Spanish and German.

Each session ends with a quick look at a book with music themes.

Wood began offering the classes at the Edmond library seven years ago. She had stepped away from her job as a music teacher in Norman to stay home to raise her children when the opportunity came up to teach part-time for the Metropolitan Library System.

Carol Hunter, a librarian with Edmond Public Library, said Wood’s music classes have become quite popular.

Each session draws between 50 and 60 people, she said.

"She’s an excellent teacher,” Hunter said. "She makes the classes fun. The parents and kids love it.”

The classes are on the second and fourth Fridays each month.

Class sizes are limited, so parents should reserve a spot by calling the library at 341-9282, ext. 4.

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