Thursday, February 26, 2015

Music and I Love To Read Month!

In February we celebrate "I Love to Read Month".  During many of our music classes, we used picture books to help us study our  music targets.  Grade 1 and 3 orchestrated a story.  Grade K added instruments and voice sounds to stories and made up dances. Grade two read about Jazz music and improvisation.  We even watched an Opera of "Where The Wild Things Are"   Here are some of the books we used.  Check them out at the IMC or Owatonna Public Library.!
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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Elementary Students can do hard things.

There are many who wonder why the Owatonna Elementary curriculum does not use a music textbook series.

The fact is, we haven't used a textbook since 1991.  We believe that most music textbooks underestimate what young musicians are able to do.

In first grade our students are already reading, notating, improvising and performing music in parts.  Our fifth graders are able to sing in 3 parts accapella (no piano or instruments).

All lessons and most of the materials used in our classes are created by each music teacher to move students towards accomplishing their learning targets. 

Check out this trimester learning targets by clicking the tab on the menu bar. 

Congratulations kids for  doing your best even if the work is difficult.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Choir is an important part of the Lincoln Music program. 

Every year we have the Lincoln Choir which is open to all 4-5 graders and (Grade 6 Montessori).  The Lincoln Choir sings in  two school concerts every year at OHS 

 Every year from January to a March concert the All City Choir meets at OHS. Lincoln has on an average 23 students each year who rehearse and sing with the OHS choir in their March Concert.

Every four years the National OAKE choir meets here in the Midwest for the OAKE Conference.  This year 5 Lincoln students will be joining them and will sing with students from all over the U.S. for this very select choir. 

In other words.
Choir is AWESOME!

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

More great reasons to participate in music!
(But I didn't have to tell you Lincoln Musicians, you already know this!)