We celebrate Music in our Schools by having guest artists perform for the students.
Researchers are now able to physically document the benefits of music education by doing brain studies. These benefits are something that most of us have known and experienced for many years. Our Music Specialist, Janis Nash, will be offering many in school and out of school opportunities to learn to play the piano. Piano lessons provide a springboard for other musical skills as well as provide mental & physical challenges that enhance lifelong learning. At Magnuson, Kindergarten students will be introduced to piano lessons and will receive a lesson every week as part of the school day. The lessons will be group lessons, with 2 to 3 students in a group, and will be 15 minutes long. They learn some songs by singing and playing by a rote learning approach, and then will continue by using a method book. First, Second, Third and Fourth grade students will then have an opportunity to continue piano lessons that will occur outside of school class time, either before school, after school, or during the lunch/recess hour, if they so choose. Lesson groups will contain 3-4 students and will last 30 minutes. Communication with parents about lessons will be via a notebook that is brought each lesson.