One Class at a Time: Learning and music in sync

By WEEK Producer

April 4, 2012 Updated Apr 5, 2012 at 10:03 AM CDT

BARTONVILLE, Ill -- A local music teacher is helping her students find their groove. They're learning how to embody the meaning of music.

"You've just won a thousand dollar grant from HOI 19 and CEFCU!"

"It's all for the students," said Karen Atterberry who has been teaching music at Oak Grove East Elementary in Bartonville for the past 16 years.

What is her favorite part? Watching her K-8 students grow up, and grow out.

Atterberry said, "I've watched kids maybe struggle in other areas. I've seen them blossom in here. It's something they can feel good about themselves. They can feel comfortable."

Now she wants to grow the program. With the grant, she said she would buy more music and instruments, and a place to store them.

Her students need the extra space to practice a very active lesson plan.

Isabella Rendleman, a 5th grader at Oak Grove East Elementary said, "It's just a fun thing to do, because we're all, like, interacting and doing fun stuff, and moving around."

Kyle Maricle, another 5th grader at the school said of her teacher, "She's nice. She's a good teacher. It's very easy to learn from her."

Mrs. Atterberry said while funding for the arts isn't easy to come by, it's the passion for music keeping her program alive.

"This is an area that really does value the arts, and we want to do everything that we can to make it the best program that we can" said Mrs. Atterberry.