On Jan. 19, Merrick Avenue Middle School students in Mrs. Beinert’s class were treated to a musical workshop with guest artist, Jason Kloos.
Kloos, a MAMS alumnus, is a singer/songwriter, guitarist and pianist currently perusing his degree in music therapy. Since discovering music therapy, Kloos has interned and volunteered at several different special needs facilities on Long Island.
“Music has always helped me to create, grow and become the person I am today,” Kloos said. “It is my hope and mission to help others develop and recognize their own unique potential and identity through music.”
The students spent the period working on following directions, motor skills, communication and social skills through singing songs, exploring rhythms and expressing themselves through various forms of music.
“This type of experience for students and staff continues to reinforce the district’s philosophy that music is a universal language for which everyone can share and be a participant,” said Cheryl Fontana, director of Fine & Performing Arts and Adult Education.