Anyone who knows a child these days understands they live constantly in a video game, computer screen and smart phone world. While we call it technology, to them it's just life.
That is why, in the world of a second grader, the visitor who showed up at Eakin Elementary on Wednesday was such a big deal.
Until Wednesday's in-person musical lesson, Graham Hepburn - known in the children's world as Quaver - only existed, in their minds, on the computer.
Quaver is a high-energy super music man, and to some in this generation he is as beloved as Barney. He is a rock star to 8 year olds.
"It's a strange thing to get my head around, particularly when I go home and my wife says, 'did you have a good day?' And you're like, 'yes, people were chanting my name.' It's bizarre," Hepburn said.
The kids don't know his real name, and they probably don't know that while he is entertaining, he is also teaching them about music and creativity.
Music teacher Rita Black is one of the thousands of teachers across the country who use Quaver on the computer as a complement to their teaching.
Like it or not, these days it beats the blackboard.
"It's 21st century. It's what they're already doing anyway, and if you're not using it to teach everything, you're not in their world," Black said.
While some would argue that the students should be doing less music and more reading, writing and arithmetic, studies have shown that, especially for young people, music helps with attention, memory and concentration skills. Those are all important things to have when thinking in the math and science classroom.
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