May 14, 2007

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Joyce Eastlund Gromko

Dr. Joyce Eastlund Gromko (center) works with Weston Elementary School children who have been part of her Kindergarten Project this year. Raising their hands to represent the sun, as well as the high pitch at that point in the music, are (left to right) Roxanne Simpson, Jasmin Krassow, Tyler Spanfellner and Dylan Thomason.

Ohio's first lady to visit BGSU’s Kindergarten Project

Two mornings a week, Dr. Joyce Eastlund Gromko travels from BGSU to Weston Elementary School to work with kindergarteners, whom she’s been helping prepare for their music program today (May 14).

On May 1, however, the BGSU professor of music education went to Columbus to share her methods with another interested listener—Frances Strickland, first lady of Ohio.

After hearing about Gromko’s Kindergarten Project, Gov. Ted Strickland’s wife accepted an invitation to visit the participating schools next fall. The first lady was also interested in broader dissemination of a music book like the one that was given to all the kindergarteners in the project this spring, Gromko said. She plans to contact a professional colleague who has recorded a CD that she hopes could be used to create another booklet of children’s folk songs.


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