While the 2020-2021 school year looks differently than years’ past, safety and adaptability continue to be at the forefront. One of the subject areas that has been impacted the greatest is vocal music. With state mandates and current music education research in mind, Van Wert Middle School choirs continue to sing with the help of face masks and social distancing. A local Van Wert company, KAM Manufacturing, has provided the opportunity for Van Wert Middle School choir students to test out their personal use face masks in exchange for reviews of their product.
All students in both the 7th and 8th grade choirs were given one of KAM Manufacturing’s personal use face masks at the beginning of the school year with the goal of testing how well they work for singing. These masks, known as their “singing masks,” provide students a mask that fits to the face yet allows for jaw movement. After a few weeks of use, students and their director, Melissa Bloomfield, discussed the different features of the mask and students shared their opinions. This feedback was compiled and submitted to KAM Manufacturing. A few pictures were taken during class and a demonstration video was recorded with the help of some 8th grade students and submitted to KAM Manufacturing, as well.
Students enjoyed the comfort and style of these masks. The metal nose piece and extra space to allow for consonant and vowel creation aid in the singing process. They also allow students to share their Cougar Pride as masks are in the colors of red and steel. These shades perfectly match our school colors of scarlet and grey.
More information on KAM’s personal use face masks and their other Made in the USA products can be found on their website, www.stephaniedawn.net. Miss Bloomfield and the Van Wert Middle School Choir students appreciate and thank KAM Manufacturing for this opportunity.