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Fox Meadow First Graders Turn Lunchroom Into Cafe

SCARSDALE, N.Y. – How About a little music with lunch?

That's what the first graders at Fox Meadow Elementary School had Monday at the school's monthly Classical Café. As the audience munched pizza brought in by parents, five classmates took turns at the piano to play everything from traditional children's folk music to classical selections to Katy Perry's "Firework."

Music teacher Barbara Laman, who organizes the event, said it gives the music students a chance to perform solo in public and it helps teach the rest of the pupils how to behave at a performance.

"It's something special," she said. "That's why we have the tablecloths. It's a different place from where they usually have lunch."

Each month a different grade is brought in for the café, which has become popular with the kids, Laman said.

"A lot of kids enter. Kids have to be taking music lessons, or sometimes dance" in order to be considered, she said.

"I screen the kids at the beginning of the year to see if they are ready," she said. "We don't reject anyone, but we want to be sure they are ready. If they aren't ready in the fall, I do another screening in March."

The performers Monday ran the gamut from beginners to more advanced players. The pianist included Charlie Milberg, Andrew McCormick, Jai Misquith, Micaela Maddof and Gabriella Arovas.

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