The gift of music


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November 24, 2016 12:00 AM

MUSIC PUPS Music teacher Pam Rollheiser is offering lessons in her Music Pups class on Dec.1 and 2, for the simple cost of a donation to the Olive Tree. Pictured are Rollheiser and students Sophie, Uriah and Uzziah Naidoo. SUBMITTED PHOTO

In the spirit: teacher gives free lessons

One local music teacher wants to help out the community the best way she knows how: by teaching music.
Pam Rollheiser of Pam’s Piano Studio is aware of the folks struggling in today’ economy, so she’s giving away music lessons to children in exchange for donations to the Olive Tree.
“Basically what I’m doing, I just run a small business in town, it’s called Pam’s Piano Studio, so I teach piano lessons, then I teach a little kids music class called Music Pups, so what I’m doing is, next week, I’ll be offering free classes for people if they bring in a donation for the Olive Tree,” said Rollheiser.
“Music Pups is a class for ages newborn up to ages four; it’s a family oriented class, so the parents come and bring their kids, and they can bring more than one child to class, and we just work with the kids, sort of each on their own individual level as far as age development and things.”
She added some of the activities in Music Pups involve singing, dancing and playing rhythm instruments, as well as teaching kids about high and low pitches through play, so they don’t even realize they’re learning. 
Rollheiser said a lot of research has gone into learning through music, and that research shows music is one of the only activities that uses both sides of the brain at the same time.
This makes classes like Music Pups ideal for newborns and infants, because if children are exposed to these types of rhythms at an early age, it’ll help develop their brains faster. 
“Therefor a lot of their other skills will develop a lot faster, so a lot of the people who have been to my class say that their kids will show a real growth right after class, they’ll say their first sounds right after class, so it’s seems it’ll just stimulate their whole body and their brain,” Rollheiser said.
She’s been teaching these kinds of classes for roughly six years now, and after watching the economy take a dive, she decided to combine her music teaching skills with her desire to be charitable, offering classes for the cost of a simple donation to the Olive Tree.
Rollheiser said anyone interested can go and give her class a try, have some fun with it, and feel good about doing something for the community that’s really needed right now.
“They say the food banks and the soup kitchens are extremely busy, and then the Olive Tree is also doing a drive right now for mittens and socks, and they’re saying that they’re going to use those for their Christmas Party to be giving those out to families in need and that’s huge to me,” she said.
Rollheiser’s classes take place Dec. 1 and 2 at 9:30 a.m. and again at 10:45 a.m.
Register ahead of time by calling 306-825-4168, so she knows how many musicians to expect.

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