Second graders at Galaxy E3 Elementary School had an opportunity to board a bus and learn from a legend when the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus visited the school.
The bus is a $2.5 million roving recording and video production studio that travels the country, giving students an opportunity to learn about what goes into creating the music and videos they enjoy. Some of the performers who have recorded onboard include will.i.am, Wyclef Jean, John Legend and Justin Timberlake.
“Kids are naturally engaged in music. This gives them a chance to see how they can use technology in a variety of different careers,” said Tammy Lundman, a Galaxy teacher who helped organize the visit.
The bus was between scheduled visits in the South Florida area and made time to spend the morning at the school for the unique experience, giving children at the Title 1 school an opportunity they may not normally have.
While on board, the students were shown videos of productions that other students their age had created, see the production area with instruments, and learn about John Lennon’s life and legacy. While the name John Lennon may not have been recognizable to these 7- and 8-year-olds, The Beatles and samples of his music sparked enthusiasm once the students made the connection, dancing and singing along to “Twist and Shout” and “Come Together.”
After the tour, students went outside to sing and play drums, guitar and keyboard.
“It’s really cool!” said Yashvi Patel when asked what she thought of the experience.
The students were also able to see where the three engineers who run the bus and educational program, live and sleep when they drive around the country. “I’ve been to 35 states in the past six months. It’s hard to keep track of where all we have been,” said Steven Meloney, one of the engineers on board who leads the tours.
After telling the children about John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s legacy and message of peace, Meloney left the children with their homework assignments. “Just go out today and do something nice for someone,” Meloney said.
“Be friends to all!” a student enthusiastically replied.
About the bus: The John Lennon Educational Tour Busa non-profit 501(c)(3) state-of-the-art mobile audio and HD video recording and production facility. In its 20th year, with the very newest technology and gear, the Bus continues to be dedicated to providing young people with tours of the studios and participation in free digital media production workshops. A
The Lennon Bus is highly adaptable, designed to provide students, their schools and communities with performances, hands-on demonstrations, remote recordings, and studio sessions customized for their needs, levels of experience and interest. For more information on the Bus, click here.