St. Marys, Ohio is a community near a man-made lake -- Grand Lake. The town numbers about 8,500 to 9,000.

The St. Marys school system has four elementary schools--two in town and two in the country. 

Janice Dickerson teaches elementary music at three of the four buildings servicing over 650 students weekly. She assigned the making of a musical instrument as an extra credit project.  She says, "My sixth grade classes spend 6-8 weeks on the instruments of the orchestra and your project is a great extension lesson allowing them to be creative and explore the science behind sound production."