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A Musical Life: Gina Gouchenour

Sebastian Boswell

This week's A Musical Life features Gina Gouchenour, a music teacher at College Hill Elementary School and member of the Wichita Chamber Chorale and the Ad Astra Singers.

"My name is Gina Gouchenour and I am the music teacher at College Hill elementary school, and I teach K through 5 music. I also am a singer in various choirs around town including the Wichita Chamber Chorale, the Ad Astra singers. 

"We mostly sing in my classroom. When they're singing, that's an instrument that they can carry with them no matter where they go. They don't have to go purchase something. And they'll just create their own songs, too. I'm listening to these songs and they're so proud of the song that they've created and they have to sing it for me. Imagine a 7-year-old trying to sing a song that they created. You know, most people would be like, "Really?" But it's really neat to because they're trying to, you know, use their knowledge that they've learned so far to create their own masterpiece."  

Jedd Beaudoin is host/producer of the nationally syndicated program Strange Currency. He has also served as an arts reporter, a producer of A Musical Life and a founding member of the KMUW Movie Club. As a music journalist, his work has appeared in Pop Matters, Vox, No Depression and Keyboard Magazine.