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 winter:
Kindergarten is learning about voice choice and will practice using their whispering, speaking, shouting and singing voices during different musical activities. They will have a lot of practice using their singing voice and matching pitches while also showing fast/slow and loud/soft. We also do a lot of movement in Kindergarten music and will often use our bodies to respond to the music that we hear.
First grade is learning about one and two sounds per beat and how to notate the rhythms that we are learning. We are exploring the barred instruments, focusing on directional movement, i.e. melodic movement. Students in first grade will also participate in a lot of movement activities. Beginning in January, students will begin learning the music for their showcase in March.
Second graders are increasing their instrument skills by learning simple songs and accompaniments for barred instruments. Second grade will also learn several new folk dances this year. Beginning in January, students will begin learning the music for their showcase in March.
Third grade is focusing on their winter showcase entitled 'Winter Celebrations'. This winter they will also be working on a composition project for barred instruments. Third grade will learn several new folk dances this year.
Fourth grade is working hard on their recorders: reading, notating, improvising and performing using the notes GABCD. Soon they will be beginning a composition project using new rhythms and the barred instruments. Fourth grade will also enjoy learning several new folk dances this year.
Fifth grade is currently working on increasing their barred instrument skills and improvising and performing body percussion pieces.
Students in band are making amazing progress! We know 5 notes and are able to play full band pieces of music!