Welcome to Music!
Hello, my name is Michelle Edlund and I am the music teacher at MCAS. I have my bachelor's degree in music education from UW-Eau Claire and my Masters of Arts in Education from Viterbo University. I also have my certification in Orff Schulwerk from the University of St Thomas. This is my 7th year teaching at Mississippi and my 15th year teaching music to children. I love watching my students develop into talented musicians starting in Kindergarten, as students are exploring their voices and the basic elements of music, and progressing through to 5th grade, where the students are composing and performing for a variety of instruments and voices. Students in my classes explore and learn about music through the developmental approaches of both Orff Schulwerk and Kodaly, combining music, movement, drama, and speech into developmentally appropriate lessons that are similar to a child's world of play.
My contact info is:
Phone: 651-293-8840 ext. 46299
Upcoming music events
Class Notes Artist
This year we again have an amazing opportunity, thanks to Minnesota Public Radio, to welcome a local musician to Mississippi for a live concert. The goal of the Class Notes Artists concert experience is to inspire, motivate, and entertain students through live performance. This year 4th grade will enjoy a performance by Robert Rickshaw on November 7th, 2018.
5th grade-Orchestra Hall
5th grade students will be attending a concert at Orchestra Hall on 11/28/18. This will happen during the school day as a fieldtrip.
3rd grade showcase
Winter celebrations in visual arts, dance, theater and music. 12/13/18 at 6:00pm. All 3rd grade Mississippi students are required to attend.
Mississippi Creative Arts School is 1 of only 13 elementary schools in the St. Paul and Minneapolis school districts that are a part of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra’s CONNECT program. Through this program, the SPCO seeks to work with local schools to support music education by providing materials, tools and experiences centered around a yearly theme. Through our partnership with CONNECT, students at Mississippi gain access to live orchestral music experiences, including a visit from a SPCO musician and a field trip to see the SPCO perform live in February.
1st/2nd grade musical
"How Does Your Garden Groove?"-a mini musical
3/28/19 at 6:00pm
All 1st and 2nd grade Mississippi students are required to attend.
Two performances for parents to attend on 5/9/19: 10:00am and 3:00pm
4th/5th grade showcase
Students will demonstrate art forms from the 1990's in visual art, music, dance and theater. The performance will be 5/31/19 at 6:00pm.
What's happening in the music room this fall:
Kindergarten will start the year in music doing a lot of sound exploration. We will learn about voice choice and practice using our whispering, speaking, shouting and singing voices during different musical activities. We will have a lot of practice using our singing voice and matching pitches. We also do a lot of movement in Kindergarten music and will often our bodies to respond to the music that we hear.
First grade will start the year in music learning about how to identify a steady beat vs no beat in music. We will also learn the difference between beat and rhythm using several speech pieces with percussion ostinati accompaniment. We will begin to explore the barred instruments focusing on directional movement, ie. melodic movement. Students in first grade will participate in a lot of movement activites!
Second grade will start the year in music exploring body percussion ostinati by using a speech piece about manners. We will spend some time reviewing our first grade rhythms and do some improvising and composing using those rhythms. Second grade will begin to sing in canons and learn to sing partner songs. Second grade will also learn several new folk dances this year.
Third grade will start the year singing, playing accompaniments on xylophone and improvising in a Pentatonic scale. We will review rhythms learned in second grade and work on a percussion ostinati piece while improvising these rhythms. Third grade will also learn several new folk dances this year.
Fourth grade will start the year in music with some body percussion speech pieces that we also will perform on un-pitched percussion. We are continuing our study of the recorder this year. We will do a lot of improvising on the recorder and students will start reading and playing some recognizable songs soon! Fourth grade will also enjoy learning several new folk dances this year.
Fifth grade will start the year in music exploring musical form and improvisation through body percussion, name games and hand drum compositions. We will also be putting together an arrangement of 'Ghost of John' on barred instruments and un-pitched percussion.
Students in this class are going to start the year exploring the different band instruments and choosing an instrument that will be a good fit for them to play this year. We will then begin to learn the fundamentals and techniques of playing a wind instrument.