Lyons resident Arthur Lee Land was the guest musician to kick off Lyons Elementary School's "What is Music" Artist in Residence series. The Parent Teacher Organization is sponsoring a series to bring a different musician or group in each month for the remainder of the school year. Each artist is of a different genre, and will present school-wide assemblies along with customized programs for individual
grade levels. The line up planned reflects our rich, musical community and the amazing musicians who have agreed to participate.
Arthur Lee Land is a Lyons local and world-class musician. He has toured as a solo artist and also in other bands, most recently with Great American Taxi and members of Elephant Revival. His specialty in the "Art of Live Looping" provides a particularly inspiring program for kids. His background includes being labeled with ADD and behavior issues as a child. He was kicked out of kindergarten but was eventually able to channel his "Hunter" brain into this art of layered-recording that creates an unforgettable musical experience. He has conducted assemblies and music programs with over 50,000 students in twenty-five states across the country. During the program at LES, Arthur engaged students by incorporating sounds made by ordinary objects such as pencil boxes and scissors into a layered musical groove all about "Lyons People." The students, faculty, and parents were up dancing and singing by the end of the program.
The "What is Music" program also officially kicked off the Discovery Fair for Lyons Elementary as well. The fair this year will focus on the students' interpretation of "What is Music to Me," and began last week. It will culminate with the Discovery Fair reception on Thursday, January 26.