If you recorded the audio inside a cafeteria during lunch time, what would it sound like? You’d probably hear the clinking of trays and silverware, the shuffling of feet through the serving line, the gentle murmur of students chatting and the scraping of food into the trash can.
But if you recorded the audio inside Streamwood High School or Alice Terry Elementary School, you’d hear something very different.
“Play Me, I’m Yours”
A social experiment borrowed from the “Play Me, I’m Yours” artwork movement resulted in Streamwood High placing a piano in the middle of the cafeteria. Students at this Illinois high school are invited to showcase their musical talents and entertain their peers during lunch time.
Bringing an instrument into the lunch room invites students who may be shy or haven’t had the opportunity to share their abilities to show everyone what they can do. Streamwood High School music teacher David Hain told the Daily Herald that the entire cafeteria has joined in on renditions of songs by popular artists Adele, Beyoncé and Rihanna.
Jazz in the Cafeteria
Ami Hall, music teacher at Alice Terry Elementary in Colorado, also believes in the power of music in the cafeteria. She informed students that they would occasionally have “silent” lunch breaks, then called on the help of saxophonist Harold Rapp to play for the students while they ate lunch.
Rapp entertains the students as they chow down, playing the scales and beautiful jazz melodies as he walks up and down the rows of children. Students have praised this lunchtime performance, saying Rapp’s music calms them down and makes them want to dance.
Inviting musicians to put on live performances in the cafeteria