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Castle Rock couple help children create music

By Candy Richey

 

Creativity in children is natural.  They dress up, pretend, and sing joyfully from the soul in a manner that as adults, we seem to lose.  Sparking that creativity isn't difficult, but guiding it through a productive process can be.  Not so for Buck and Elizabeth Stierle.

 

Buck has a broad musical background, having served with many rock and roll groups including Van Halen.  In the 1980's Buck was searching for a more meaningful use of his talents and joined the New Christy Minstrels.  "I thought I would spend much of my career with them, but after several years was again looking for more meaning to what i was doing," he said.

 

Elizabeth, an Oklahoma native, comes from a family with many talents.  Her brother and father are both police officers.  Elizabeth also served in law enforcement.  Her mother brought a love of music and a beautiful voice to the family, and taught Elizabeth to sing and play piano from a very early age.  She is also an amazing ventriloquist who, along with her "son" Peter and his buddy "Crow" wow audiences with her talent.  People have made bets on whether or not there was someone in the wings speaking the parts.

 

It was in 1989 when they decided [to] direct their energies toward the children, that they developed the "Education through Entertainment" program.  Locally, the Creative Learning Center at Castle Rock Elementary School has utilized the skills of Buck and Elizabeth to help the children in their class create a music CD with songs written and performed by the children.  The CD cover was developed through a contest in which Heather Jacobson emerged as the winner.  They were able to sell the CD as fund raiser.  It contains delightful songs such as Moonlight Falls, Spirit, 4th Grade Cowboy Monkeys and Thank You Teacher.  Buck and Elizabeth provide the melodies while the children chime in on the chorus'.

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