AAUW hears how music promotes learning | Way of life

Lisa McKim-Hall spoke at the January meeting of the American Association of University Women. She introduced herself as the new music teacher at Tehachapi High School, although she is not new to teaching. She holds a master’s degree in music and has been teaching for 29 years. She believes that music is so important in schools because it makes students smarter and inspires them to think creatively. It engages all areas of the brain and helps students learn other subjects.

In 2020, COVID-19 hit and Tehachapi High School’s music program came to a halt. McKim-Hall is working to rebuild an outstanding musical program like the one THS was known for in the 1980s. She began working summers to assess the instruments and equipment available after a few years of neglect. The school district has been helpful and willing to fund improvements to the music room, which is in a portable building with poor acoustics for music.

McKim-Hall is responsible for the Warrior Band and the Jazz Band. She also directs a choir and gives group music lessons. There are two other music teachers in the district, one at the elementary level and another at the middle school level.

AAUW members were very interested in learning more about the music program in Tehachapi schools. Education is important to the band and many former teachers valued Lisa McKim-Hall and her music education projects.

Membership in the AAUW is open to women and men with a 2-year or greater degree from an accredited institution. Information about the Tehachapi AAUW Mountain Branch can be found at tehachapimountain-ca.aauw.net. Call 714-313-0456 if you are interested in joining.

Phyllis Belcher is a longtime resident of Tehachapi and is involved in various volunteer organizations.

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