Choir Rehearsals in November – CHANGE

Choir rehearsals are being moved to the following Mondays because I will be out of town most Fridays.  Students need to come to rehearsals on:

Mondays, November 13 and 20

We will resume Fridays on Dec. 1.

Please let me know if you have any questions (jbush@lps.org) and thank you in advance for your flexibility.

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Nebraska All-State Children’s Choir Congratulations!

We want to congratulate Carter Scribner, Cole Schroder and Ryker Gilbert who were chosen to perform with the 2017 Nebraska Music Education Association’s All-State Children’s Choir.  They will perform at the Lied Center with 350 other students from across the state on Thursday, November 16 at 4:00 p.m.

 

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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 jbush@lps.org.  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:

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 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 www.NAOVA.org  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 play a steady beat on rhythm instruments.

1st Grade:  I can identify high and low pitches.

2nd Grade: I can identify string instruments.

3rd Grade:  I can read, sing and play sixteenth notes.

4th Grade:  I can sing Heritage School songs.

5th Grade:  I can discuss music theater.

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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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