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By Donna Summerall
Hannah Garbutt has a passion to share her love of music with children. During her three years of employment with the Bryan Public Library in West Point, she had an idea to teach a music class. After approaching Tanna Taylor, library director, she was given the go â€“ ahead to add Music Time with Miss Hannah (MTWMS) to the Summer Reading Program this year. The Clay County Arts Council stepped up and donated all the sheet music and supplies to help the program get started.
â€śI was afraid at first that no one would come and then I was afraid that lots of children would come.â€ť Garbutt said. â€śThe classes have been small and the kids have been so easy to work with. They've been excited and enthusiastic about the music; we've had a good time.â€ť
The classes were divided into a June class with nine students and a July class of 16, Garbutt said. Both groups will perform for family and friends at 4 p.m. Thursday, July 31 at the library.
Garbutt said she understands that music lessons are very expensive, and she wanted to offer her services free of charge to the children who were interested in learning about music. The music being taught is from Walt Disney's â€śLion Kingâ€ť and â€śMary Poppins;â€ť â€śThe Sound of Musicâ€ť and the song, Louis Armstrong's â€śWhat a Wonderful World.â€ť
Garbutt said a lot of kids only hear music on the radio and music channels, and most of it carries a negative message. She said that expanding a child's knowledge of music to include fun and uplifting songs is extremely important. She wants to inspire children to seek out music that will make them know the world is bigger than what is outside their window every day.
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