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:

Barnes and Noble – Choir

Monday, November 9.  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 – Contract available now!

The Wysong “Howler” Choir had a wonderful first year!  The 2017-18 choir will be open to all 4th and 5th grade students and will begin Friday, August 18 at 8:00 sharp in the music room.  Students are able to participate in both choir and an instrumental group if they choose.  Contracts with all information will be sent home at the beginning of the school year or you may print off the contract and t-shirt order form below and bring to school during the first week.  I’m looking forward to another great year of making music with the “Howler” Choir!

Wysong choir contract 2017-18

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.  Times for all groups will be announced soon.

Monday:  5th grade strings

Tuesday – 5th grade band

Wednesday – 4th grade strings

Friday – 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:


1st Grade:

2nd Grade:

3rd Grade:

4th Grade:

5th Grade:

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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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