United Sound comes to LPHS
Music has the power and potential to bring people together. United Sound, a national organization, is doing just that for students at LPHS.
United Sound is a peer mentoring program for students in music and students with special needs. According to its website, there are 119 active chapters in 29 states. Its mission is to provide music and performance education and experiences to students with special needs who might not have the opportunities to do so.
Music teachers at each participating school help guide and train their students in music classes to teach the special needs students effectively. Participating special education kids are taught how to play a musical instrument and subsequently perform a concert in December.
At the LPHS location, the program has started off small but mighty. There is currently a reduced number of students participating, but only so that club sponsors Mr. Sullivan and Mrs. Bos are able to gain an accurate insight as to who is interested in United Sound.
“The program is designed for high school band students to be mentors. The students with disabilities are selected by special education teachers. Since this is the first year, we chose to keep numbers small to figure out how things would work. We hope to have more students involved in the future. There are three band students per new musician,” Bos said.
Meetings for United Sound are held after school on Wednesdays. If a band student wishes to join the mentorship, they should talk to Mr. Sullivan, and if a special education student desires to join, they should speak to their teacher so the student may be considered for selection.
The LaPorte community is encouraged to attend the upcoming United Sound concert to support the group of amazing musicians in December.