Dobbins fourth-graders sing and play pop songs

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.The fourth-grade concert had a "star" theme, so the students dressed as rock stars, athletes and other famous stars. Pictured, students played Bon Jovi's "It's My Life" while other students danced on stage like guitarists.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.Music teacher Dana Emery directed the fourth-grade Dobbins students for their concert at Poland Seminary High School. Pictured, the students sang the theme song to the Disney cartoon “Phineas and Ferb.“

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.Between each song that the fourth-graders sang at their concert, students came up to the microphone to speak. These sections of dialogue bridged the gap between songs, introduced the next song and created a story for the concert.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.The Dobbins fourth-grade students had their annual concert at Poland Seminary High School on March 15. Pictured, the students sang "Happy" Pharrell Williams.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.Fourth-grade students from Dobbins Elementary learned to play the recorder for their concert. Pictured, the performed a portion of “Dynamite“ by Taio Cruz on the recorder and sang another part of the song.

By ZACK SHIVELY

zshively@vindy.com

Dobbins Elementary’s fourth-grade students performed their concert on March 15 at the Poland Seminary High School auditorium.

Music teacher Dana Emery directed the students through the concert. The concert featured popular songs with small pieces of dialogue in between the songs.

The dialogue between songs worked to introduce the upcoming song, but it also gave the concert a cohesive narrative. The story of the concert focused on becoming a star. The students dressed as rock stars, athletes and other famous people.

The students performed the songs “Dynamite“ by Taio Cruz, “Happy“ by Pharrell Williams and “It’s My Life“ by Bon Jovi. They also sang the theme song to the Disney cartoon “Phineas and Ferb,“ taken from Bowing for Soup’s “Today is Gonna Be a Great Day,“ and “One Short Day“ from the musical “Wicked.”

For each song, the students had a singing part and a portion that they played on their recorders.

This marked the first time that the students played an instrument in their music class.

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