Glenshire students sing their greatest hits | SierraSun.com

Glenshire students sing their greatest hits

Sure, the performers on this CD are sometimes off key. And, yes, at times there’s one kid on a track who seems to be yelling rather than singing. But one thing’s for sure, those quirks only add to the charm of Glenshire Elementary School’s first CD, “Glenshire Sings, Volume I.”The album features 11 tracks, all sung by students at Glenshire Elementary in the 2003-04 school year. Some of the songs – including “The Measure A Song” – were largely created by the students themselves.”We did all the recording in one day, so there wasn’t time to re-take,” Glenshire music teacher Claudia Waters said of the raw-but-melodic CD. “It’s fun, and it’s music for kids.”Waters decided to create “Glenshire Sings” as a way to raise money for the school’s music program and stage. Glenshire parent Tom Ballister and his fellow musician Peter DeMattei donated their time, equipment and expertise to record the CD. Local guitarist Keith Shannon lent his skills for “I Won’t Grow Up,” which is sung by the Glenshire Boys Chorus.

The tracks on “Glenshire Sings” are eclectic – there’s everything from “The Secret of Life” and “Circle Game,” by James Taylor and Joni Mitchell, and “We’re so Lucky We’re From Truckee,” by Waters herself.Glenshire Principal Kathleen Gauthier said Waters has a knack for bringing the performing artist out of all her students.”Mrs. Waters has this ability to make us believe that we’re all talented musically,” Gauthier said. “All of our students are on this CD, and all of them are talented. Some of them are really talented.”Even the cover of the CD shows off student talent. It was designed by Tina Cutler with art from students Nathan Wickstrom and Dylan Jones.

Waters, who has been the music teacher at Glenshire Elementary for the past two years, said she is imparting on her students skills they will take with them for the rest of their lives.”It goes from here,” Waters said, “because the kids leave here and they’re pretty knowledgeable in performing arts, and they take that with them to middle school, to high school and beyond.”CHECK IT OUT

“Glenshire Sings, Volume I”• Available at Between the Notes Music, Wild Cherries and Glenshire Elementary School• $10• Proceeds go toward music program and Friends of the Glenshire Stage