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  • 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 6th year teaching at Mississippi and my 14th 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:

    Email: michelle.edlund@spps.org 

    Phone: 651-293-8840 ext. 46299

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Upcoming music events

  • MN Boychoir performance

    On Nov. 15, our 3rd-5th grade students will be treated to a performance by the MN Boychoir. Founded in 1962, the Minnesota Boychoir is the oldest boy choir in the Minneapolis/Saint Paul metropolitan area.The choir’s vast repertoire includes challenging sacred, classical, secular, folk and contemporary choral music sung in more than 30 languages and dialects. MCAS is excited to welcome this choral group to our school!

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  • Class Notes Artists

    This year we again have an amazing opportunity, thanks to Minnesota Public Radio, to welcome a local music group 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 we will enjoy a performance by the percussion ensemble Matra on November 10th, 2017. 

    The core ideas/concepts for Class Notes Artists- Matra are:

    1.A percussion instrument is anything you hit, shake, or scrape to make a sound.  Students will identify by sight and sound the percussion instruments featured in Matra: marimba, vibraphone, drum set, and tabla.

    2. Counting is very important for musicians, especially percussionists. Beats are often grouped in patterns. The time signature tells musicians how to count. 

    3. Musicians can compose their own music to tell a story or express a feeling.

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  • CONNECT Program

    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. This year’s theme is identity and personal expression.  Grades 1-5 will be learning about how music can share a personal journey across time, people and places. 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. 

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  • What's happening in the music room this winter:

     

    Kindergarten

     

    Kindergarten has been learning about and practicing their 4 voices: singing, whispering, calling and talking. We have been continuing to work on vocal exploration, singing in tune, matching pitch, steady beat, loud/soft, fast/slow, and high/low. We have also been doing a lot of movement in Kindergarten! 

     

    1st grade

    1st grade has been spending music time singing, dancing, playing xylophones and exploring various percussion instruments. We are starting to read, compose and perform simple rhythms as well. In preparation for our Feb. 23rd  field trip to see the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, we have been studying identity and personal expression in music. The big news in 1st grade is that we have started to practice for our 1/2 musical which will be held on March 27th! It is called "Elvis and the Frozen Princess" and all the students are really excited about it!

     

    2nd grade

    2nd grade has continued singing canons and partner songs, doing body percussion, reviewing rhythms, playing xylophone, composing and improvising rhythmic and melodic patterns. In preparation for our Feb. 23rd  field trip to see the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, we have been studying identity and personal expression in music. The big news in 2nd grade is that we have started to practice for our 1/2 musical which will be held on March 27th! It is called "Elvis and the Frozen Princess" and all the students are really excited about it!

     

     

    3rd grade

    3rd grade has been doing group dances, singing and playing canons, improvising/composing melodic and rhythmic patterns, playing xylophone and listening and responding to music. . In preparation for our Feb. 23rd  field trip to see the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, we have been studying identity and personal expression in music.

     

    4th grade

    4th grade will continue to focus on developing our recorder skills this winter. We are also learning about some new rhythms and composing music for xylophones using these rhythms. There will be lots of singing, playing and dancing this winter in 4th grade! . In preparation for our Feb. 23rd  field trip to see the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, we have been studying identity and personal expression in music.

     

    5th grade

    5th grade will be focusing on West African drumming and music this winter. We will be singing a lullaby from Liberia and learning about the characteristics of African drumming circles through hands on drumming experiences. We will also soon begin our keyboard unit.  In preparation for our Feb. 23rd  field trip to see the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, we have been studying identity and personal expression in music.