Crestview man brings musical lesson to Northwood students

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Chuck Hewett listens to Northwood Arts and Science Academy second-graders during a presentation on music. They performed the song "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" together, and the students learned about different types of music.

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Published: Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at 03:37 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Chuck Hewett, an athletic trainer and Lifepoint Church's lead drummer, recently visited Northwood Arts and Science Academy second-graders, including his wife Ashley Hewett's class.

Hewett, 25, demonstrated how a guitar works by using vibrations, and he showed how drumbeats' sounds varied when he used different sticks. Students could hear the styles of jazz, Latin and the blues.

He ended his visit letting the kids become part of the show. He taught them the song, "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" and allowed several volunteers to come up and help keep rhythm with shakers and tambourines.

Second-grade teachers Nikki Thomas and Crystal Daniels said they enjoyed watching their students get even more excited about what they are learning.

Ashley Hewett said she believes exposing children to music at an early age, like her husband was — his love of music began at age 5 — is beneficial.

"The only way to allow for kids to find a passion for something is to let them experience more things like this," she said. "This is why I invited my husband to come in ... I just think learning opportunities like this are what the kids remember the most.

"I hope we have brought the love of music into some young hearts."

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