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Lincoln Elementary School choir is bursting at the seams

Video image/Paula Rhoden/The Daily Courier<br>
Third-, fourth- and fifth-grade members of the Lincoln Elementary School choir practice during one of their recent classes. So many students turned out for the choir that the school’s music teacher had to split the group into two.

Video image/Paula Rhoden/The Daily Courier<br> Third-, fourth- and fifth-grade members of the Lincoln Elementary School choir practice during one of their recent classes. So many students turned out for the choir that the school’s music teacher had to split the group into two.

PRESCOTT - So many third-, fourth- and fifth-grade students at Lincoln Elementary School are participating in the school choir that music teacher Linda Sheehan had to divide them into two groups.

Sheehan retired from teaching seven years ago. She returned to Lincoln this year to teach music two days a week.

With 55 students signed up for the choir and limited space in the music room, Sheehan is forced to work with half of them on Thursday mornings before school and the other half on Friday mornings before school.

The entire choir performed together at Lincoln's "Songs of the Season" music program Wednesday. The two sections of the choir came together to sing with limited rehearsal.

Sheehan is doing things a little different this year. In prior years, the school choir consisted of the first 25 students to sign up.

"We had so many this year, we had to expand the choir," she noted. "We also have more boys than usual - 10 to 12 boys have joined the choir."

Starting with "rounds," Sheehan teaches her students posture and breathing, warm-up exercises and health habits. Sheehan hopes her students learn to a conductor's gestures and how to blend their voices as part of a group.

Sheehan teachers her students that, "Shouting is not singing."

While not everyone has a musical career in his or her future, Sheehan does believe that "in general, anyone can learn to sing better."