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CAPE GAZETTE,qFriday, Augtis't I"5 7g/tt'l,'99/-"4.3 SCHOOL & EDUCATION Kerry Kester photo SCI Boot Camp cadets solve Shields playground problem Last spring, children at Shields often went to the nurse's office with splinters from the wood- en playground pieces. Splinters won't be a big problem when the children return to school in the fall. During the week of Aug. 4, cadets in Phase II at Sussex Correctional Institution Boot Camp assisted the Cape Henlopen School District by performing the labor needed to improve safety at the Shields Elementary School playground. The air buzzed with electric sanders as the cadets carefully smoothed the wood that has roughened from hard use and harsh weather. Several months ago, when the school board was notified that maintenance would be needed on the playground, Director of Business Operations Andy Brandenberger advised the board that maintenance costs for the playground had neither been anticipated nor budgeted. Contin- gency funds were available for the project, but the tightly budgeted district benefited greatly from the cadets' free labor. New talent joins DMS faculty The Delaware Music School has added new staff to its teaching ros- ter in order to accommodate the many requests for music lessons, particularly in the Lewes and Millsboro locations. Teaching in Dover and Lewes will be Joe Balone, who will offer lessons in drums, marimba and vibes. Balone, who will also be teaching in the Caesar Rodney school district this coming year, has a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Maryland East- ern Shore and is certified in Instru- mental/Choral/General Music K- 12. In the past two years, Balone increased the band programs of three elementary schools in Caro- line County, Md., from a total of 25 students to over 90. Balone's special interest is jazz, and he has played professionally with several jazz greats, including Lionel Hampton. Melanie Leinbach, currently serving as staff pianist for the school, has recently completed Suzuki violin training at Catholic University in Washington, D.C., and will be offering Suzuki violin lessons for children ages four and older. Suzuki is a teaching method designed for children who are still too young to read. Parents must be committed to their child's music study and should be prepared to sit in on lessons so they can go over the assignments at home. After the child reaches reading age, musical notation is added to their lessons. Leinbach, who is also the organ- ist at Lewes Presbyterian Church, will offer the Suzuki lessons in Lewes and Milford. William Witt will be taking stu- dents in Lewes, Millsboro and Dover, and will be teaching practi- cally everything, including brass, woodwinds, piano, accordion, and guitar. Witt taught instrumental music in schools outside Chicago and was the proprietor of "Witt's School of Music." Witt holds a master's degree in Music Educa- tion and has performed in many wedding combos, community bands and as a member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Richard Hudson will be teach- ing traditional guitar, banjo, har- monica and auto harp to students in Milford and Dover. Hudson, a native of Savannah, Ga., has played in folk and acoustic music venues up and down the East Coast. In between gigs he is a social studies substitute teacher in three Delaware school districts. In Milford, Regina Mitchell will offer lessons in sax, clarinet and flute. Mitchell is a 1997 cum laude graduate of Delaware State Uni- versity, where she earned a degree in Instrumental Music Education. Mitchell received high marks from her mentors while student teach- ing, and was described by one as "young and enthusiastic, Regina is able to employ a variety of teach- ing strategies to reach the many levels of ability that confronted her." Gary Seydell will be offering voice lessons in various locations. Seydell is a professional opera singer and may be unable to take on a regular private teaching schedule due to professional opera company commitments through- out the United States. He will arrange, however, master classes in various locations and is avail- able as a vocal coach/director for schools and community groups. Seydell received his undergradu- ate degree from the University of Delaware and has recently com- pleted his Master of Music in Vocal Performance at the Univer- sity of Cincinnati College Conser- vatory of Music. The music school's popular Kindermusik program is back in Dover with new teacher JerriLynn Patriquin. As a Kindermusik par- ent, Patriquin attended classes with her daughter Maddy, who has Downs Syndrome. Maddy attend- ed classes free of charge through a grant from the Delaware Founda- tion for Retarded Children. For more information, call the DMS at 422-2043. UD offers liberal arts masters degrees for mature southern Delaware students Since 1988, the University of Delaware has0ffered its Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) degree in southern Delaware to meet the needs of mature students seeking intellectual challenges. Those in search of knowledge for its own sake, in an area of their individual choosing, have found the MALS program beneficial. The MALS program stresses the connections between fields of knowledge and encourages a mul- ti-disciplinary approach to learn- ing. The 30-hour credit program allows individual students to explore a topic of special interest. Past students have concentrated on such diverse topics as fur trappers of the Rocky Mountains, the histo- ry of Fenwick Island, the Yellow Fever Epidemic in Philadelphia in 1793 and the effect of machismo on family relationships in Mexico. For example, Charles Hudson of Georgetown, studied the impact of Guatemalan immigration on George- town, through the MALS program. A graduate of the Univer- sity of Delaware, a former mem- HUDSON ber of the state police and currently the supervisor of transportation for the Indian River School District, Hud- son began the program in the sum- mer of 1993 and received his degree in May. Hudson's interest in MALS began when a co-worker became involved in the program. When asked what he'd gained from the MALS project, Hudson said, "I feel that I am more well-rounded now, and I took courses that I nev- er would have taken before. I found out more about life and enjoyed being with older students. The teachers made me feel very comfortable." Also interested in course which could not be fit into his schedule at college was Ed Kee of Lincoln, who joined the program in 1992. Kee, also a graduate of the Univer- sity of Delaware, has been employed by the Coopera- tive Exten- sion Service since 1978. He is current- ly working at the UD KEE Research and Education Center in Georgetown. Kee's involvement in the pro- gram began when he took a course titled, "Themes in African Amerb can History," taught by William H. Williams, the director of the program and a professor of history at UD. The MALS program, according to Kee, "had outstanding courses and instructors, as well as interest- ing and provocative readings and assignments.'" His synthesis project deals with the integration of the Milford schools in 1954, following the Brown vs. Board of Education decision. Part of his synthesis paper will be published in "Delaware History Magazine" in 1998. "I met a lot of intelligent people in classes and participated in great discussions," Kee said. "The class broadened my perspective and filled in educational gaps in the humanities area. The program also enhanced my research and writing skills," he added. Ken and Martha Keller of Fen- wick Island have just started the MALS program after retiring and relocating to the Delaware shore. Ken holds both a bache- lor's and mas- ter's degree from Harvard and is recent- ly retired from a man- agement posi- tion with Proctor & MARTHA KELLER Gamble. Martha, a Wellesley graduate who has a master's degree in educa- tion, is a former educator who worked in the area of curriculum and grant implementation. The Kellers' busy lifestyle does not allow time for a traditional educational program and the MALS program was suggested by the University as a means to achieving that end. The Kellers said they have enjoyed the interaction and discus- sions in their MALS class- es, as well as the interesting content and readings. MALS core KEN KELLER classes are offered in a regular sequence in southern Delaware. Classes meet in the evening on the campus of Delaware Technical & Communi- ty College in Georgetown. Stu- dents ages 60 and over may com- plete their MALS degree tuition- free. For more information, call" Williams at 855-1623.