[March 6th, 2019]

Arts For Rural Texas Fine Arts Assemblies invited Aaron Pyle, Manager of the Indigenous Cultures Institute to perform at St. Micheal's Catholic School, Weimar and Schulenburg ISD.  Aaron shared the history and traditions of Native American songs and stories, that kept the children on the edge of their seats. 

Pyle, a graduate of the Texas State University schools of Music and Anthropology, is a registered member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and a member by blood of the Cherokee Nation. Pyle has guest lectured on Native American music for the World Music course at Texas State University as well as the school’s 2008 Second Annual Cultural Awareness Conference. He volunteers for the Texas Music Museum and is Program Manager for Indigenous Cultures Institute. 

Pyle launched an indigenous music project, Hakloka, during his tenure as the President of the Texas State University Native American Student Association and was the primary composer and business manager for the group. Since then, he has performed his original compositions and traditional songs on the Native American flute at numerous venues around the state. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree at the University of Texas at Austin. 

Benefits of music: 

Science has shown that when children learn to play music, their brains begin to hear and process sounds that they couldn’t otherwise hear. This helps them develop “neurophysiological distinction” between certain sounds that can aid in literacy, which can translate into improved academic results for kids. 

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