By Tina Snell, Staff Writer
Jayme (Primus) Fuchs is the new music teacher at both Lincoln and Dr. S.G. Knight elementary schools. She will teach kindergarten – fifth grade in Lincoln and third grade at Knight.
Fuchs, who recently married John Fuchs from Upsala, grew up in rural Swanville and her mother, Joani Primus, teaches first grade at Mary of Lourdes. She graduated from Little Falls Community High School in 2008.
“Music has always been a large part of my life,” Fuchs said. “I began with piano lessons at age 7, and was in the church choir when I was 10. I also played piano and the flute in church. Anything to do with music.”
While attending the Little Falls Community Middle School, she got involved with band and choir and continued with choir while in high school.
“My high school choir teacher, Camilla Larson, helped me realize that music was more than a hobby. She inspired me,” said Fuchs. “I wanted to be a meteorologist, but by the third day of high school, I realized weather should be my hobby.”
Fuchs loves to write and her mother wanted her to become a writer.
“That’s the beauty of being a teacher; I can write during the summer,” she said. “Summer will be the time when I can explore all my interests.”
Fuchs taught K-12 in Belgrade Brooten Elrosa for one year before coming to Little Falls. She was the elementary school music teacher, taught choir for students in grades 7 – 12 and also taught audition choir for the senior high students.
Fuchs’ students in the Little Falls District will be responsible for their own learning. They will be able to be active, especially important for kindergarten students.
“My students will be doing as much as they can with music. I want them to experience as much as possible with hands-on learning. They will be trying all sorts of music. With that, their music will blossom,” said Fuchs.
Fuchs feels that it’s important for students to start music when they are in kindergarten. She said they are less inhibited then and are more able to bring out their emotional, creative selves.
“Before a younger student takes up an instrument, I plan on playing it first and having them watch and sing. I want them to stay in their comfort zone,” she said.
Fuchs plans to mix up singing with the instruments. Each 50-minute class will include four – five parts to the curriculum, with each tied to the same concept.
“Little Falls band begins in fifth grade and I would like to prepare my students to become a part of it,” she said. “There are many different aspects to music and I will try to find something for each child. It’s a huge world.”
Fuchs also hopes to teach piano and guitar in private lessons to students at Lincoln and Knight. For more information, contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.