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Metamora music teacher's YouTube videos inspiring students away from the classroom

Jonathan Torrence writes the songs he uses each week to teach concepts like rhythm, harmony and instrumentation.

METAMORA, Ohio — As school buildings across Ohio remain closed for the rest of the academic year, teachers are finding creative ways to take the classroom experience online.

A local elementary school teacher is going one step further.

Jonathan Torrence teaches music at Evergreen Locals Schools in Metamora.

Torrence recently started his own YouTube channel.

He posts videos that explores musical concepts like rhythm and harmony but also teaches life lessons and a love for music.

Torrence also writes and composes original songs for his students each week.

The songs represent genres from all over the world, from rap to jazz to old English folk songs.

"Different things. I'll just pull and I'll put it together in a way that I feel like the students would enjoy, because that's the big thing. I want them to, I want them to leave my class loving music,” said Torrence.

For Torrence, creating content on YouTube that can entertain and engage his students has been a great way to bring the joy of music home and make sure his students are still learning even if they aren’t going to school.

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