Nebraska All-State Children’s Choir

Choir students in grades 4 and 5 were given applications for the 2017 All-State Children’s Choir about a week ago.  These applications are due to me no later than Friday, September 8 by the end of the day.  I cannot take any late applications because I have to submit these to the Nebraska Music Education Association by a certain date.  Details are in the application below.  Please contact me at if you have any questions.

2017 All-State Choir form

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Hello Wysong!

Hello Wysong families,

My name is Mrs. Bush and I am thrilled to be the first Music Specialist at Wysong Elementary.  I just finished my 26th year of teaching and my 13th year with LPS with additional teaching experiences in Kentucky and Ohio.  This next year I am also serving on the National Executive Board of the National Association for Music Education as President Elect of the North Central Division.  My passion is passing on my love of music by allowing students to CREATE, PERFORM, RESPOND AND CONNECT to music.  Please check my page to find contact information, music curriculum, essential learning outcomes, and important dates/events.

Please feel free to contact me at  I’m looking forward to another great year of working with and getting to know all of my Wysong family!

Mrs. Bush

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2017-18 Concert Dates

Please refer to this post often as we may add additional information or dates as the year progresses.  These are the dates we currently have on the calendar:

Barnes and Noble – Choir

Monday, November 6.  Time TBA

Winter Band, Strings and Choir Concert (4th and 5th grade)

Thursday, December 14, 6:00 p.m. in the Multi-purpose Room

3rd Grade Play

Thursday, April 26, 7:00 p.m. in the Multi-purpose Room

Spring Band, Strings, and Choir Concert (4th and 5th grade)

Thursday, May 3, 6:00 p.m. in the Multi-purpose Room

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2017-18 Wysong Howler Choir T-shirts

The deadline to order t-shirts was this past Friday, Sept. 1, however, I will extend the deadline until this Friday, Sept. 8.  I cannot send in individual orders after that date because the company will not print individual shirts. Don’t forget to include your student’s shirt size in the order!  If your student already has a t-shirt from last year that still fits, there is no need to order another.  Checks need to be made out to Wysong Elementary in the amount of $10.00  The T-shirt order form is below.

Choir T choir 2017-18

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2017-18 Instrumental and Choral Music Rehearsals for 4th and 5th Grade

The following is the schedule for before school band, strings and choir rehearsals.  Students will receive their instrumental lesson times this week.

Monday:  5th grade strings

Tuesday – 5th grade band

Wednesday – 4th grade strings

Friday – 8:00 a.m. 4th and 5th grade choir

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Singing Opportunities

Nebraska Arts Academy of Vocal Arts (NAOVA)  Vocal training and private instruction for students in grades 2-8.  Runs September through May.  For more information go to their website at  or see Mrs. Bush for brochures

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Current Learning Targets for Music

Learning Targets in music are goals put in student friendly “I Can” statements.  While there are other activities we work on at the same time, here are the current essential learning objectives for each grade level:

Kindergarten: I can sing and play instruments with others.

1st Grade:  I can sing with others and play a steady beat.

2nd Grade: I can my own music and play it on rhythm instruments.

3rd Grade:  I can sing the National Anthem and identify line and space notes.

4th Grade:  I can sing in harmony through partner songs and rounds.

5th Grade:  I can play chords on instruments

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Student Access to Quaver Curriculum

I’m excited to let you know that students can have access to the Music Curriculum (Quaver) at home!  Here are the instructions:

  1. Go on the LPS website and type in Quaver in the search bar.
  2. The students will then have to enter their LPS user name and password.
  3. That will then redirect them to a page that asks them if they have a Quaver account. They need to click the answer under No “create new account” and then it automatically signs them in.
  4. Once they do this, they won’t have to answer the question about an account again, it will just automatically sign them in when they put in their user name and password.

Enjoy exploring this curriculum and creating music!

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The Metropolitan Opera’s HD Live in Schools at Wysong

Wysong School is fortunate to have been chosen by the New York Metropolitan Opera to be a part of their HD Live in Schools.  We are the only district in Nebraska  and one of only @50 schools across the country to be a part of this program.  The Met provides educational materials and free tickets for students in the 5th grade to attend Opera streamed live from the Met to the Ross Theater on UNL’s campus.  Tickets are available on a first come first served basis and permission slips are sent home before each performance.  Parents are always welcome to join us by purchasing their ticket at the Ross Theater before the show.  The study of Opera is an LPS benchmark for 5th graders in music.

Dates and times for operas during the 2017-18 season:

Saturday, Feb. 10  11:55 a.m.  L’Elisir D’Amore (Donizetti)

Saturday, Mar. 31  11:55 a.m.  Cosi fan tutte (Mozart)

Saturday, Apr. 28   11:55 a.m.  Cendrillon (Massenet)



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Nebraska State Fine Arts Standards in Music

The Nebraska Board of Education approved the first ever Fine Arts Standards in 2014 which include Visual Art, Dance, Theater, Media Arts and Music.  Please click on the link below to see the Standards in Music.  LPS is currently in the process of updating the music curriculum for students in grades K-12 based on these state standards.

Nebraska K-12 Music Education standards

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