Tuesday, December 10, 2013


Thanks Lincoln Family!

what a fun an memorable concert we had.   If you have friends or relatives that were not able to attend,  you can watch it on the "Owatonna Live" site by following the link.

Video of Lincoln Concert

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Tomorrow Is the Lincoln Winter Concert
Grades 3, 4 and 5 and the Lincoln Choir will be performing in concert



December 5, 2013
7:00 p.m.
Owatonna High School

Great Happens Here!

Monday, November 4, 2013

Concert Preparation grades 3, 4 and 5

Hi Kids,
It is easy for you to practice your concert songs at home. 

Go to your grade's page and you will find you-tube recordings with the words/my voice and piano accompaniments. 

We of course will be singing our songs "Live" in front of our audiences, but these will help you memorize your parts.!

Monday, October 28, 2013

It's Halloween everybody!

Practice Habit #7 and "Sharpen Your Saw" with these Pumpkin Carols........

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

More tools for home practice!

What's new!
  • Grade 1-preparation of tah/titi rhythms with songs and rhymes you know
  • Grade 2-a few new songs that we've learned in class and pictures of "Rhythm Carousel" of 2MA on the Pictures page
  • Grade 3-concert song "Coffee Grows" on White Oak Trees, Gallant Ship and Land of The Silver Birch
  • Grade 4-3 Beats in a measure songs-Let's Go a Hunting and Peter's Stream
  • Grade 5 Concert Songs-If You Dance-words and then a recording of "Bim Bom"
Full Choir next Tuesday!

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Habit Progress and Learning Targets

Conferences this week-

This week are the first conferences of the school year.  In each students data folder or portfolio you will find a progress sheet for music.  It will tell you-
  • The four trimester learning targets-goals for your child's grade level
  • A self-assessment for Habit 1 and Habit 2 your child has
    completed for their work in music class.
  • An indication of my assessment of your child's progress in Habit 1 and Habit 2.
Feel free to stop and see me in the music room if you have any questions.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Opportunities for practice-

This week there are many opportunities for Lincoln students to use the blog to practice towards their Trimester 1 Learning Targets!
  • Grade 1-Slide whistle songs to practice finding your singing voice and the story "Hand, Hand Fingers, Thumb" to help you clap 'the way the words go'
  • Grade 2-Sing along with "Jenny Jenkins" and practice Verse/Chorus
  • Grade 3-The story "Mommy Buy Me A China Doll" practice the song and the steady beat with titika rhythms
  • Grade 4-Practice video and chart to help with you with your instrumental trimester targets.
  • Grade 5-currently there are examples of Bach's "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" -can you still sing the theme in solfa?  Look for more 'fun with fa'  this week.
Choir for altos-in the music room due to the fundraiser pick-up in the gym.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Composing in the classroom

Grade 1 compossed "roller coaster"songs and practiced using thier voices in high and low voices with their partners. Pictures can be found on the pictures/video page.

Grade 2 composed 8 beat rhythms using half notes and practiced clapping them with their partner. pictures/video page

Grade 4 began thier composition projects this week by beginning to work in their groups and started composing the rhythm for their melodies.

Grade 5 composed rhythmic patterns in compound meter to the song "Skin and Bones"  and performed it with rhythm instruments with the song.

 Choir for Sopranos this week!

Sunday, September 22, 2013

New This Week.....

Lots of new things on the blog this week. 
  • Welcome grade 1 to the blog! This week you will get your 'blog cards' so you can start have fun with music at home.
  • Grade 2, 4 and 5 all have new songs and flash cards that support their learning for the first trimester targets.
  • Grade 3 created games to a Native American game song
  • "Stuff For Parents" has a new article about child development and music. 
Choir for Altos......See you Tuesday!

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Caught on film.....

Check out the new pictures and videos of our Lincoln musicians!

By going to the "Pictures and Video" page you can see the following new uploads-

4th Grade Dance creations to the "Gallant Ship", Second Graders singing "Rocky Mountain" and playing "Here Comes a Bluebird" , Fifth Graders singing the canon Black Socks" and playing the British game "Queen Alexandra"

Wednesday, September 11, 2013


"Mrs Bowcock 'swoons' at the great sounds she heard after school yesterday"

Yesterday was our first Lincoln Choir rehearsal-we had over 85 members and we'll have to order some extra music to accomodate them- This is a 'problem' I love!
 I can't believe how great they sounded on the first as well as a hot and humid day-it's going to be a great year.
I can hardly wait until next week!

Monday, September 2, 2013

Welcome to another year of Musical Awesomeness!
 A few notes- Choir guidelines and schedule can be found
on the choir page by clicking the 'Lincoln Choir' tab at the top
The music guidelines for the 2013-14 can be found
in the video below

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Steele County Free Fair Week=School Year is approaching!
When you are at the fair, take time to listen to the many FREE musical performances
(and you can eat mini donuts while you are doing it!)
Click on the Link-then click on the different stages and find a fun performance

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Hi Kids and Parents!

I've been a 'slacker' blogger with all of spring activities at school this month!

Friday, May 24th was Lincoln's "Leadership Day"  I went to Valley View Care Center with our second graders. We sang songs, canons and performed music games for the residents.  What fun.  The kids also read poems and stories that they had written in their classes to some very interested people.

Here are a few pictures from that morning.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Crazy video footage of why the Lincoln "Spring Concert" was postponed!
Time Lapse from Wednesday, May 1 to Thursday, May 2

Friday, May 3, 2013

The Lincoln Spring Conceert
has been rescheduled to-
(drum roll......)
Tuesday, May 7th
6:00 p.m. 
OHS Auditorium
(please note the time difference!)
Detailed notes will be sent home with students today 5/3/13
All room assignments etc. will remain the same
Thanks so much to the Lincoln Staff  for their flexibility
 and the Willow Creek music staff and administration for letting us share their night.
The Willow Creek Concert will begin at 7:30 p.m.
(30 minute later than originally planned)

Thursday, May 2, 2013

I never thought I would post this for the Lincoln Spring Concert......

Lincoln Concert will be rescheduled due to snow!

We are working with the district for a new concert date/time and information will be posted and sent home on Friday, May 3 with your child.

Thanks for your patience-(which is definitely a plus when dealing with Minnesota weather)

Monday, April 29, 2013

It's Concert Week
Thursday, May 2
OHS Auditorium
7:00 p.m.
More information on "Concert Information" page
admission is free to the public

Sunday, April 21, 2013

This week we have started practicing for the grade 1 and 2 concert on risers and selected our special dancers and instrument players

Please join us for our concert!
Lincoln Choir, Grade 1 and 2
Owatonna High School
Thursday, May, 2
7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013


This Sunday, April 14 will be the annual Music Boosters of Owatonna Pancake breakfast from 8:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Owatonna Eagles Club

This is one of our major fundraisers so if it fits into your schedule and/or budget it would be great if you could attend. Some of  our former Lincoln Students will be performing dinner music as well.

Tickets are $5 in advance and $6 at the door. Kids under 5 years old eat free!

Tickets can be purchased at Tone Music, MBO Board Members, OHS Music students and me! If you want to purchase them from me, just make a check out to MBO and send it with your child to school and I will put the tickets in their take home folder!.

Thanks for your support,

Sue Bowcock

Monday, April 8, 2013

Welcome Back from Spring Break Everyone!
The fourth grade composition projects have been completed and the videos of each project have been uploaded to a special page on this blog
"4th Grade Compositions"
I hope you will be amazed at what kids are able to do if we give them the tools, time and encouragement.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Missed seeing the All City Choir Concert?
follow this link
to watch the webcast or send it to friends or relatives who were not able to attend!
(the Elementary All City Choir is the 4th Choir to perform in the program)

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Congratulations Lincoln Choir members who participated in the All City Choir that performed with the Owatonna High School Choirs.   You were AMAZING and I am so very proud of all of you.  Just think-most of the kids who were singing in the Concert Choir were in the All City choir not so many years ago.
Your future is bright my young musicians!

Friday, March 1, 2013

Trimester 2 has finished!

I have seen so much growth in the musicianship with our Lincoln kids this trimester it is just amazing!

Report Cards will be coming out next week and the rubrics listed on the "Resources for Everyone" correspond with the music grades listed on you child's report card.

Thank-you for you encouragement and challeges you give to your children to give their best effort in music at Lincoln School.  More of their fine work will be video posted in the up-coming weeks.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Creating Music during the midwinter blahs!

With so much inside recess these past weeks, we've all had a case of the mid-winter blahs.  In the music room we spending time composing music as part of our Trimester learning targets.

Grade 1 and 3 are composing and performing rhythmic instrument parts for folk tales

Grade 2 is composing and performing 16 beat rhythmic songs in abac form
Grade 4 is working in composition groups creating an original composition which includes melody, accompaniment and improvisation on the mallet instruments.

Grade 5 had composed new winter/holiday lyrics to known folk songs (they were on the blog during December/January)

New videos of grade 1 and grade 5 performing musical games has been added to the "Pictures and Video" page.
I rhetorically asked "When is it ever going to be warm again?"
and a 3rd grader answered "May, Mrs. Bowcock!"
I was hoping for "tomorrow"!

Friday, January 25, 2013

New Beginnings

The last two weeks we have had some new beginnings with the New Year.
Lincoln Choir has begun rehearsing on Tuesday afternoons and All City Choir has begun rehearsing for the next 9 weeks on Thursday afternoons at OHS with students from the other schools in our district and St. Mary's school as well.   We have 15 new membeers of the Lincoln Choir and they have made a great choir even better!  

Schedules for both of these groups can be found on respective pages in this blog.

Grade 3 created rhythmic and movement patterns to a Navajo game.  You will find pictures of some of these on the "Pictures and Video" page.  They were quite creative and turned out well.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Thank- you all who attended the Music Booster Concert!   Here are a few excerpts of the Lincoln Music teacher's performances.  Pretty fun!

Elemementary Music Teacher's singing "Stop In the Name Of Love"  Mrs. Bowcock is on the far left.

Instrumental Teachers Mrs. Revier and Mrs. Hodapp

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Concert Fun on January 12!

Looking for family fun that will help with an artistic cause? 
 The Music Boosters of Owatonna is having it's fundraising concert on January 12th in the OHS Auditorium at 7:00 p.m. 

It is a great time to watch your MUSIC TEACHERS perform as well as others perform!  All the proceeds go to the music program (including the elementary classrooms)

See "Music Booster Concert Page" for details!

Or click on this link

Music Booster Concert Details

Hope to see you there!