Music Website Homepage

This site is maintained by Mr. Aaron Booz, music and band teacher at Abraham Lincoln Elementary School in the Bethel Park School District in southwestern Pennsylvania. You can always contact me with questions at booz.aaron@bphawks.org.

To learn more about music in all levels of the Bethel Park School District, visit our Music Department Website.

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Monthly Music Blog Posts



October 16, 2016

by Mr. Booz


Picture this:


First graders, learning to sing in tune, and moving expressively to classical and jazz music...

Second graders, finding the steady beat, and playing fun singing games...

Third graders, reading and writing rhythms, and identifying orchestral instruments from recordings...

Fourth graders, reading and writing pitches, and performing on classroom instruments without teacher assistance...

Band students, reading and playing several pitches on their clarinets, trumpets, flutes, trombones, saxophones, bells, and baritone horns, with good posture and hand position.

String students, reading and playing several pitches on their violins, violas, and cellos, in pizzicato style.


We’re just 7 weeks in the 2017-2018  school year, and the above is just a small sampling of the skills that Lincoln students have been building in their music classes.


Our students learn all of the "music appreciation" concepts that parents may remember learning when they were elementary students - the instruments of the orchestra, composers, and musical time periods, etc. However, in Bethel Park, we place a high priority on students as musicians. Lincoln children also learn to sing, play, read, improvise, and write music with independence, and as a part of a musical team. It’s still early in the school year, but our young musicians are off to a good start!


Thanks for reading, and stay tuned for our next blog post update next month!



August 30, 2017

by Mr. Booz


Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year! Around the start of each month, I will make a blog post on this page about what is new and exciting in your child’s Lincoln Elementary School music classes. Here are a few updates to get us started in this new year of music-making:


  • The Pittsburgh Youth Chorus is an excellent local program that many of our Lincoln and Bethel Park students have enjoyed in the past. Second and third grade students can join their South Hills Neighborhood Training Choir, which rehearses at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Upper St. Clair for 12 weeks on Tuesday evenings starting this month. No audition is necessary, and I would encourage any of our students in those grades to try the Neighborhood Choir. Visit http://www.pittsburghyouthchorus.org/staff-view/neighborhood-training-choir/ for more information.

  • I know our fourth grade band and strings students are very excited to get started on their new instruments. If you’re the parent of a band student, you should have received my first newsletter in August. You can find general information about fourth grade band at this page, and please let me know if you have any questions.

  • At our Lincoln Open House Night on Thursday, August 31, all parents and students are welcome to stop by the music room and say hello!