RBR Student Shares his Passion for Music with
Joseph Ferguson of Little Silver is a senior
in Red Bank Regional’s (RBR)
He explains, “Music became my passion as a result or innumerable opportunities I enjoyed at an early age; as I grow older, I feel obliged to provide similar experiences to younger students in the hope that they, too, may find joy in music.”
on his project a year ago when he first discovered a simple “build your own
cajon” kit in an
He explains, “I wanted to build something that would be a good learning tool for a school and that would hold up well with little kids. So I researched it and designed a more professional model to build.”
contacted percussionist and music teacher Micki Stukane of the Thurgood
Marshall Elementary School in
Joe then sought donations to acquire wood, snares, and other necessary materials to create ten cajons. Technically, a cajon is a six-sided, box-shaped percussion instrument played by slapping the front or rear faces (usually thin plywood) with the hands and fingers. By late fall, he supervised the construction of 16 volunteers including fellow scouts, family and friends over several weekends. By December of 2014 he was able to present the boxes to Ms. Stukane who incorporated them into her music classes.
Joe felt he gained a lot of leadership and management skills in the supervision of a complicated project. He intends to continue his study of music in college upon his high school graduation and aspires to become a professor teaching either music theory or ethnomusicology.