Indianapolis Public Schools teacher Mindy Smock wanted her fourth-graders to get a taste of what it’s like to go to college. So she and several colleagues from School 39 brought 70 of the students to Butler on Thursday to meet music students, have lunch, and tour the campus.

Butler student Paul Belleville lets some Indianapolis Public Schools students hold his trumpet.

Butler student Paul Belleville helps some Indianapolis Public Schools students try out a trumpet.

“Our interest is college readiness,” said Smock, whose school is located in Indianapolis’s Fountain Square neighborhood. “It’s a great way to expose them to college life.”

The students spent 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on campus. They started their day with folk dancing and singing, then heard from Butler University School of Music about the instruments they play. About a half-dozen Butler music students showed off their musical skills, including Julian Orem (who answered their questions about the alto saxophone, an instrument one fourth-grader recognized from the opening credits of “The Simpsons”) and Alex Liddell, who plays tuba and violin.

Then the School 39 students got a chance to try out various brass, percussion, woodwind, and string instruments.

Music Professor Penny Dimmick, who arranged for the students to visit her Foundations of Music Education and Elementary General Music Methods classes, said the experience was great fun for her students, as well as for the fourth-graders.

“The impetus is to get these kids on a college campus and show them what’s possible,” she said.

 Butler student Alex Liddell shows

Butler student Alex Liddell shows a student from IPS School 39 how to play the violin.




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