R-E-S-P-E-C-T– Character Education Through Song

With his highly interactive and engaging delivery of various music styles from Rock to Blues to Reggae to folk, musician and songwriter Brian Chevalier captivated the Countrywood audiences.
With his highly interactive and engaging delivery of various music styles from Rock to Blues to Reggae to folk, musician and songwriter Brian Chevalier captivated the Countrywood audiences.

“How would you show others respect?” asked musician and songwriter Brian Chevalier to Countrywood students on Wednesday morning. Mr. Chevalier was in South Huntington to entertain the students with songs and a message. “One of the messages I give children today is to respect others, and my song ‘Put Your Hands In the Air' celebrates ways in which we show each other respect.”

Another song the students enjoyed and got to participate in was called 'Circle of Friends.' “This song is all about what good friends do for each other,” said Mr. Chevalier. “The main message in many of my songs boils down to being able to put yourself in someone else’s shoes and look at how you would feel if you were that person and how you would want to be treated if you were in those shoes.”

Mr. Chevalier’s musical message stressed the importance of understanding and human empathy in our daily interactions.  This unique method for teaching character education mesmerized our students and left a lasting impression on the Countrywood school community.  Mr. Chevalier’s performance was part of the PTA Cultural Arts programs that so greatly enhances the arts education that our students receive and provides yet another example of the important partnership we enjoy with our PTA.

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