School Spotlight: Perpich Center for Arts Education
Creativity abounds in music and art at Perpich Center for Arts Education.
Just step inside Perpich in Golden Valley and you discover a campus that is bustling with the arts and academics.
Currently music students are busy preparing for a school concert. Students are collaborating and creating. They have a few short weeks to come up with something creative and original.
“It’s taken probably four weeks to get all of our ideas into place,” said piano player Jack Strong. “Now it’s time to fine tune all of the ideas.”
Students also learn soft skills in the process, like team building and time management.
“How do you create something from nothing within a group,” said Kevin Hohlstein, who teaches at Perpich. “And how do you make sure that every voice within the group is heard?”
“You feel how the people around you are moving,” said guitar player Kat Barsten. “Look at their faces, see what they’re going to do, feel how they’re upping the tempo a little bit. You try to move with that.”
Making Music at Perpich Center for Arts Education
The five students have dubbed their music “Sound Works.”
“They’re really searching for the excellence in everything they do,” Hohlstein said. “They find a way to push each other to find a different voice, a different way to see things.”
The students have a goal and they push toward it by stretching their musical talent.
“I just hope everyone comes and kind of rocks out and enjoys some good music,” musician Ella Ebner said. “Hopefully takes a way a good message.”
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