Bolton’s Tunes Fill MHS Science Wing


Media by Elle Devous (she/her)

Edward Bolton, science teacher, strums his guitar during the passing period before module two of Academic Lab. Bolton said he is currently in the learning phase as a guitarist, but he hopes to be able to master the craft with more practice and venture beyond his current range of songs.

Edward Bolton, science teacher, has caught the attention of students walking by his classroom with tunes from his guitar.  

He plays in the science wing during the passing period.

“Last year during school I missed the interaction with students in the hall,” Bolton said. I’ve always stood in the hallways and talked to kids, but with the online and in person at the same time it was hard to get that interaction.” 

Bolton started learning to play in June from his wife who is a guitar teacher at Lafayette. Bolton said he wanted to find something to do that wasn’t on a computer screen, so he took interest in a musical instrument.

“The eventual goal is to play well enough that I can freestyle songs about chemistry and students,” Bolton said.

Until then, he will continue to play songs such as “Eleanor Rigby” by the Beatles and “Wagon Wheel” by Darius Rucker.

Susan Hartley, science teacher, has a room near Bolton’s, and she said she enjoys the environment his music brings.

“I think it makes Bolton stand out by leaving a lasting impression on students. It draws more attention to science and the awesome classes he teaches,” Hartley said.

Students in Bolton’s classes particularly enjoy his music. 

Harshini Malarvannan, senior, is in Bolton’s AP Chemistry class and said hearing Bolton play in the hall puts her in a good mood.

“When I come in during zero hour and hear him play, it wakes me up and puts a smile on my face,” Malarvannan said.

Malarvanan said his music makes the school more lively and brings excitement to rough days at school.  

Patrick Schrappen, science teacher, has the room right next door to Bolton and hears his music every passing period he plays.

“The sound is pleasant and gives students who pass by something to look forward to,” Schrappen said.