Instead of searching for pencil and paper, the sixth-graders in music teacher Jenna McCoy’s second period class spend the opening minutes of class tuning a guitar. That’s because this year Marion County Middle School offers an elective course solely dedicated to learning the instrument.
For McCoy, the director of bands at MCMS and the choir director at Marion County High School, the class pays dividends beyond just one instrument.
“The students seem to really enjoy it and they’re learning things that will keep them playing even after these nine weeks are over,” McCoy said. “They’re going to be able to apply it to whatever they’d like to play after this class [...] It’s been really positive.”