HAMMOND | They may be small in stature, but the 'Let's Sing' five, six and seven year-old choir has a huge presence as their voices can be heard pelting out songs like 'Amazing Grace' to the tune of The Animals' 'House of the Rising Sun.'
Books, Brushes and Bands for Education (BBB4E) prides itself on exposing youth to the visual, literacy and musical arts. Working in many underserved communities, BBB4E introduces younger students to 'Let's Sing,' a choral program with intentions of teaching the basics.
"At this age we are getting them to recognize inner pitch so they could hear the notes inside their head," said Michael Cierski, BBB4E 'Let's Sing' music director. "We want our students to understand how to learn, read and interpret music and think about how it impacts their daily lives."
For Anthony Rotatori, music has helped him to develop emotionally and turn his shyness into an incredible enthusiasm for music. He recently showed his class what he has been learning with a piano solo.
"Tony has really made a nice turn around at school and at home," said Liz Rotatori, Tony's mother. "I've noticed he's much more focused and attentive and really enjoys learning about music."
BBB4E gained notoriety last summer when they joined multi-platinum rock legends Foreigner onstage to sing their classic 'I Wanna Know What Love Is' during the City of Hammond's Festival of the Lakes.
Directed by long-time BBB4E partner Michael Cierski, 'Let's Sing' helps the children develop and use their singing voices with an emphasis on diction. This experience is a powerful introduction to group singing and enhances the children's ability to focus and listen.
'Let's Sing' hosts classes Wednesday evenings from 6:15-7:30 p.m. at The Merge Building, 5920 Hohman Avenue in Hammond.
For more information on 'Let's Sing' or any other of BBB4E's programs, visit www.bbb4e.org