Welcome to the website for Mrs. Prowell.

This website was designed to help answer any questions you might have about the Music program at Countryside Elementary and contains information including: important dates, Recorder Karate links, videos we've watched in class of exceptional or innovative music making, research on how musical training affects learning and well-being. Please see below for the most commonly requested information and the sidebar for links to other music pages.

For a quick slide show about Countryside's Music program, click here.

Didn't find the information you need? Contact Mrs. Prowell at:

shandra.prowell@edinaschools.org or call 952-848-4760.

Important Dates

for 2017-2018:

Conference Schedule:

Countryside is using an office hour conference model. Please see the school calendar for dates.

Informance Schedule:

Informances are like conferences for Music class. They will be in April this year, shortly after Spring Break. Detailed notes on the time of informances can be found at this page.

3rd Grade and 3-4 CP Orchestra Hall Field Trip:

3rd Grade and 3-4 CP will be going to Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis to see the Minnesota Orchestra perform. Click here to find details about the concert.

Recorder Karate

Click HERE to be taken to the Recorder Karate Page and Symbaloo!

Outside of Class Testing Times:

When Recorder Karate returns for the year, times will be updated.

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Things From Class

Did we watch a video in class that you want to see again?

Click HERE to go to the "Things from Class" page

or HERE to go to my new Blog.

Meet Mrs. Prowell

Click here to read a little bit about Mrs. Prowell

To read the rest of the article, click here:


For More Articles on current research about music's effect on the brain and whole-child well-being, click below:

Research Shows

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Is Music the Key to Success?


Published: October 12, 2013 in the New York Times

Multiple studies link music study to academic achievement. But what is it about serious music training that seems to correlate with outsize success in other fields?

The connection isn’t a coincidence. I know because I asked. I put the question to top-flight professionals in industries from tech to finance to media, all of whom had serious (if often little-known) past lives as musicians. Almost all made a connection between their music training and their professional achievements.

The phenomenon extends beyond the math-music association. Strikingly, many high achievers told me music opened up the pathways to creative thinking. And their experiences suggest that music training sharpens other qualities: Collaboration. The ability to listen. A way of thinking that weaves together disparate ideas. The power to focus on the present and the future simultaneously.

Advice from Kurt Vonnegut

"...Practice any art, music, singing, dancing, acting, drawing, painting, sculpting, poetry, fiction, essays, reportage, no matter how well or badly, not to get money and fame, but to experience becoming, to find out what's inside you, to make your soul grow..."

(for the rest of his letter, click here.)