(WMC-TV) - A special concert at Memphis Oral School for the Deaf on Thursday blew away the audience. The preschool performers are learning to grow their ear for music.
With violins in their hands and music on their minds, children showed the audience how they overcame hearing loss and learned how to play instruments.
"So they can match pitch and do a little Suzuki violin that they are learning from their teacher," said Memphis Oral School for the Deaf Executive Director Teresa Schwarts.
Students at the school started out with various hearing loss problems; they hear now because of good teaching and a device called a cochlear implant.
"Yeah it's surgically implanted behind the ear, and it is run into the cochlear, which is that snail shaped part of the inner ear," said Schwarts.
Teachers say the goal is to prepare these preschoolers in a way that will enable them to be mainstreamed into traditional classrooms.
Professional musicians from the IRIS Orchestra have been working with the children, teaching them how to use motor skills and hand-eye coordination. And these students are learning about more than just music; they are also learning how to take direction, how to develop confidence, and timing.
"Self confidence, that's the biggest thing, is that we give them the kind of self confidence that will help them be successful when they leave here," said Schwarts.
Teachers say these students have a bright future.