The Monte Vista auditorium was packed to overflowing when 132 second-graders took the stage in April to sing two back-to-back concerts for students, parents and grandparents. The children were led by renowned music teacher Ann Kleinsasser, who also accompanied on piano. They performed songs such as a cappella “Kookaburra,” a rousing “This Land is Your Land” and a very tender “I Am the Earth,” which had parents awestruck. The music concert showcased the things these young students have learned from “Mrs. K” in weekly music lessons throughout the school year. Kleinsasser teaches them rhythm, dynamics, notation, pitch and musicality.
“Wow! They sound so good, they give me the chills!” said parent Ashley Dyrdahl.
“This is a highlight of our elementary school experience – and I look forward to it every year,” added Bryant Stephan, whose three daughters have all been taught by Mrs. K.
Kleinsasser has taught music to over 1,500 Monte Vista students over the past nine years. The Monte Vista community is happy to know that she will be able to continue working with the youngsters thanks to a generous grant from the Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts. The grant supports the school’s primary music program, which is led by Kleinsasser in kindergarten, first, and second grades. The program also provides recorder lessons for third-graders, under the direction of Erin Barnes.