Welcome to the website for Mrs. Prowell.
 My website was designed to help answer any questions you might have about the Music program at Countryside Elementary.
This page contains information on: 
  • New Research on how musical training affects learning and well-being
  • Recorder Karate links
  • Important dates
  • Videos we've watched in class of exceptional or innovative music making
For a quick slide show about Countryside's Music program, click here
Please see the sidebar on the left for links to other music pages

Didn't find the information you need? Contact Mrs. Prowell at: 
 shandra.prowell@edinaschools.org  or call 952-848-4760.

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

Recorder Karate 
Outside of Class Testing Times:
Monday        3:45-4pm
Tuesday       9:00-9:15am*
Thursday      3:45-4pm

Tuesday        3:45-4pm
Thursday       9:00-9:15am* 
Friday            3:45-4pm

*excluding every 3rd week due to ramp duty

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 .

Orchestra Hall field trip for 3rd Grade:

Watch the Orchestra Grow - Thu Oct 27

Where did orchestras come from? What happened as ensembles grew from a handful of string players to today’s powerful body of musicians? Students will find the answers in this concert—both aurally and visually—as one or two musicians at a time come onstage and reveal how their instruments became key parts of the whole. Discover which changes came with “Papa” Haydn, the “father of the symphony orchestra”; Mozart, who championed the clarinet; and Beethoven, Wagner and Britten, each of whom advanced the orchestra and symphonic music in unique ways.

(taken from the Minnesota Orchestra's Young People's Concert page) 

Click here for the Permission Slip link 

Important Dates
for the 2016-2017 school year:

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

Informance Schedule: 
Informances will be during Music in Our Schools Month. Detailed notes on the time of informances will be sent home in February.
  • Tuesday, March 14, Day 1
    • Hruby
    • Weinberger
    • Davis/Sweeney
    • PB
    • Hammel
  • Wednesday, March 15, Day 2
    • Pool
    • Wiard
    • Rydeen
    • Barton
    • Monseth
  • Thursday, March 16, Day 3
    • Lindsay
    • Alderman
    • Gross
    • Hannafin

Is Music the Key to Success?

Published: October 12, 2013 in the New York Times

CONDOLEEZZA RICE trained to be a concert pianist. Alan Greenspan, former chairman of the Federal Reserve, was a professional clarinet and saxophone player. The hedge fund billionaire Bruce Kovner is a pianist who took classes at Juilliard.

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.

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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