Wellness Pursuit Explores New Staffs and Notes

11 Employees Learn Piano over Their Lunch Hours

November 30, 2012

Michael Allbright plays Bill Withers' pop classic,

Michael Allbright plays Bill Withers' pop classic, "Lean on Me."

Good personal wellness is more than simply eating right and exercising regularly. It also features being able to find brief respites from our often increasingly hectic days.

As part of Wilmington College’s Wellness Pursuit, Rachel Kramer, adjunct instructor in music, volunteered to teach a weekly, lunch hour, piano class for employees during the fall semester.

Nearly a dozen staff members took a break from their professional duties and went out of their comfort zones to tickle the ivories or, at least, learn to find middle C.

“Piano for adults is taking a leap of faith,” Kramer said. “They were a dedicated, committed, interested group and, given their often crazy schedules, they did a great job.”

Ken Lydy, associate vice president for Student Affairs, said he’s always found music difficult but Kramer made it easy and fun.

“I went from not being able to tell a musical A, B and C from X, Y and Z to playing my favorite piece of music (Does anyone want to guess?) — the ‘Theme from Star Wars.’ With (his wife) Tara and I learning to play, our daughter also is becoming interested.”

The class culminated in late November with a recital at which Lydy performed “Star Wars” and each member of the class able to attend did a favorite selection before an audience of piano-playing peers.
The recital culminated with the group returning to the Piano Lab, where each has a keyboard, and playing the “Wilmington College Alma Mater.”

(LEFT) Rachel Kramer (standing) directs the class in playing the Alma Mater.

Other class members include: Lee Bowman, cataloguer/ reference librarian and assistant professor of religion & philosophy; Kailyn Books, director of Conference Services; Tara Lydy, director of the Center for Service and Civic Engagement; Teresa Curry, payroll and benefits coordinator; Kenna Edwards, switchboard operator/Human Relations clerk; Michael Allbright, assistant dean of students for Housing and Residential Life.

Also, Bud Lewis, director of Wellness and Greek Life, men’s soccer coach; Nick Hoover, former First Year Connections coordinator; Leighann Ottinger, director of Academic Services; and Jill Young, director of Health Services.