HAGERSTOWN -- More than 1,000 local elementary school students got to join in on a song by the musical duo Pianafiddle at The Maryland Theatre Thursday morning as part of a lesson on musical improvisation.
"What we do is we take a piece of music that you recognize, and then we change it up," violinist Adam DeGraff told the children. "It's like decorating something."
So while the students sang the traditional melody of "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star," DeGraff and pianist Lynn Wright transformed the tune into a catchy, upbeat song with improvised melodic variations.
Their performance, filled with minimusic lessons from DeGraff, mesmerized the students, many of whom clapped along with the faster songs and wiggled to the music in their seats.