5th Grade Opera Opportunity December 15 – permission slip below

What:  La Traviata

When:  Saturday, December 15, 11:55 a.m.

Where:  The Ross Theater, 313 N. 13th St. (13th and Q)

Cost:  The ticket to the opera is free.  Students may bring money for snacks.

Tickets are first come first served and we are sharing these with other schools.

Contact Mrs. Bush at jbush@lps.org if you have any questions.  The permission slip with more detailed information is below:

2019 HD at the Met parent letter 2


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Nov & Dec Rehearsal/Performance dates for Choir – please review

November and December Rehearsal and Performance Schedule:

5th Grade:

November 26 (Teacher Plan Day – no rehearsal)  Rehearse with 4th grade Tues. Nov. 27  instead.

December 3 – Rehearsal

December 10 – Rehearsal with 4th grade.

4th Grade:

November 20 – Rehearsal

November 27 – Rehearsal

December 4 – Rehearsal

December 11 – Rehearsal

November 27:  Performance at Barnes and Noble Southpointe, arrive @5:15, perform at 5:30

Second order of t-shirts has been sent.  Hoping to get those in by Monday, Nov. 26.

Performance:  Thursday, December 13, 6:00 p.m. in the Multipurpose room with Band and Strings.  Details about arrival times to come later.

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2018-19 Concert Dates

Tuesday, November 27,  Barnes and Noble PERFORMANCE TIME 5:30, ARRIVE AT 5:15.

Thursday, December 13 at 6:00 p.m.  Band, strings and choir concert

Thursday, May 2, at 6:00 p.m.  Band, strings and choir concert

Thursday, April 11 at 7:00 p.m.  3rd Grade play

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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 27th year of teaching and my 15th year with LPS with additional teaching experiences in Kentucky and Ohio.  I also serve on the National Executive Board of the National Association for Music Education as President  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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2018-19 Instrumental and Choral Music Rehearsals for 4th and 5th Grade

There has been a change in the choir rehearsal schedule from last year.  There will be two rehearsal times, one for 4th grade and one for 5th grade.  Groups will rehearse separately and perform together on concerts.

Mondays:  5th Grade Choir 8:00 a.m. – 8:45.

Tuesdays:  4th Grade Choir 8:00 a.m.-8:45

Tuesdays: 5th Grade Band 8:00a.m.-8:45. BEGINS OCTOBER 9

Wednesdays:  Beginning Strings begin meeting OCTOBER 10 from 8:15-9:00 a.m.

Wednesday:  Advanced Strings begin meeting SEPTEMBER 19 from 3:40-4:30 after school


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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 sound stories on instruments.

1st Grade:  I can identify, clap and say quarter notes and rests and eighth notes.

2nd Grade:  I can identify rondo form through movement

3rd Grade:  I can say identify/define major and minor

4th Grade:  I can write my own music for recorder.

5th Grade:  I can create and play layered ostinatos.


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The Met Opera’s HD Live in Schools: Performances Announced!

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.

Here is the 2018-19 Season for 5th graders (Saturdays at 11:55 a.m.)

La Traviata                      Dec. 15, 2018

La Fille du Regiment     March 2, 2019



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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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