Hello Triton Families, Staff, and Students! This website is long overdue for an update. I'm leaving up the previous posts since they can be super helpful and are fun to watch, but will be posting updates here and there very soon. Feel free to check out any of the links on the side of this home page for more information. These could be particularly useful to you as we are staying home during this time. Happy music making! 
--Mrs. Meyer

Welcome to the Triton Elementary Music Website!  Information about our music program will be posted periodically throughout the school year.  Visit your child's grade level page to learn more about what we're up to in the music room.  The purpose of this website is to share the process of musical learning and development with friends, family, and the greater community.  Our video and audio clips are not perfect and often "unpolished" because our focus is not on the product, but on the musical understanding and development along the way.  

Better When I'm Dancin'

Hula Hoop Contest

The Variety Show was a great success!  Here are a few fun clips from our last day of school show and celebration.  Congratulations to Litany Peterson - our hula hooping champion!  Also, congratulations to Mrs. Andrews, Mrs. Spitzack, Mrs. Schrandt, and Mrs. Stucky on their retirement.  Have a wonderful summer!  (June 2017)

Korean Drumming at Triton Elementary
Triton Elementary hosted Soojin Lee, artist in residence, from May 15-26, 2017.  Third, fourth and fifth grade students studied Korean drumming and learned about Korean culture from Ms. Lee over the course of two weeks.  On Friday, May 26, 2017 a capstone performances were held in the Triton Performing Arts center for the primary classes and the Triton community.  The students did an exceptional job in their drumming performances and were delighted to also hear Ms. Lee play her kayagum (traditional Korean stringed instrument) at the conclusion of the concert. (May 2017)
This activity was made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts & cultural heritage fund.

Light of Christmas Dance

The students dance Light of Christmas together to celebrate the holiday!  

Whacky Nutcracker March

The teachers share their musical talents on kazoos and boomwhackers as they play the Whacky March from the Nutcracker at the Triton Elementary Holiday Sing-a-long.  (Dec. 2016)

Pizza Love

Pizza Love

Triton Teachers sing Pizza Love for the 2016 Elementary Variety Show

ZED Academy

ZED Academy 2015

 Mallet Madness - ZED Academy 2015
Another fun week with some really great kids at the ZED Academy! Here's a video of some of the students' favorites from the week. (June 2015)

The Triton Elementary Music program would like to thank the following organizations for their generous support toward the purchase of the Malmark 37 note choirchime set and the corresponding teaching manual Ring, Dance, Play -
Dodge Center Foundation
Pluto Legal, LLC
Triton Booster Club
Triton Foundation

Choirchimes are hand-held bells that can be easily played by children, engage all types of learners, and quickly create beautiful music!  Triton students K-5 will have the opportunity to enjoy playing the new set of chimes in the music classroom and in performance throughout the coming school year.  Thanks again for your donations!  We're looking forward to another great year of music making and fun!

2015 Variety Show

Tiny Teachers, Big Talent

Uptown Funk #GimmeFive Dance

Congratulations to all the performers in today's Variety Show!  We hope you have a wonderful summer!  (Jun. 2015)

Triton Elementary Enjoys Performance by Jack Pearson
The elementary students enjoyed a fabulous performance by Mr. Jack Pearson on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 in honor of Music in Our Schools Month.  Jack played the banjo, guitar, spoons, jaw harp, limberjack, and added percussion to each piece with his unique shoes and amplified toy box lid.  The kids were fully engaged and entertained as he told stories and shared his talents.  The K-2 group especially enjoyed the gingerbread story and the 3-5 group especially enjoyed the story of the freedom bird.  This program was generously funded through SELCO Legacy Vetted Program and Minnesota's Art and Cultural Heritage Fund.  (Mar. 2015) 

Silly Songs from Camp Read-a-Lot

The students of Triton Elementary celebrated the end of February's I Love Read month with staff and student relays, funny games, and a few silly songs from Camp Read-a-Lot.  It was a close contest, but in the end Team Red took home the win.  (Feb. 2015)

I'm So Happy

The elementary teachers had a little fun at the December Holiday Sing-a-long performing I'm So Happy!  This piece features a little singing, some skilled rapping, xylophone and tambourine playing, and an amazing kazooist!  To see more clips from the Holiday Sing-a-long visit the Grade 5 page.  (Dec. 14)

Veteran's Day Program

On Tuesday, November 11, 2014 we had the opportunity to thank and honor our local Veterans with a short program.  Please enjoy watching the above video that includes student-composed poetry and two musical pieces: You Are Our Heroes and America.  (Nov. 14)

The Triton Elementary music program has been fortunate to receive donations this fall from TEAM, the Triton Foundation, and DonorsChoose.org.  Thanks to these organizations our students will have the joy of creating, improvising, and playing on four new tubano drums and one new alto glockenspiel.  Thank you so much for believing in our students and helping develop our elementary music program!  We appreciate your support!  (Sept. 2014)

ZED Academy 2014

Musical Adventures - ZED Academy 2014
I had the pleasure of working with nine fantastic ladies this week at the ZED Academy.  The girls learned songs, dances, games, and instrumental pieces from all over the world. Here's a little video of some of our favorites from the week. (June 2014)

Teacher Dance & Happy

On Thursday, June 4, 2014, the Triton Elementary staff danced a medley of common wedding dance tunes.  To conclude the Elementary Variety Show the students and staff danced Happy together.  Have a happy summer!  (June 2014)

A huge thanks to AOSA for donating six new instruments to the Triton Elementary music program!  We have now met our goal of building an Orff ensemble large enough for all students to play together!  We're so excited to have two new soprano xylophones and four new glockenspiels!  Thank you AOSA!  Let the music making continue!  (May 2014)

Thanks to People's Cooperative Operation Round Up we have a new soprano metallophone in our music room!  We are so thankful for their generous donation this spring.  The instrument has just arrived and will be put to good use this month by all elementary grade levels.  Thank you for supporting our students and the Triton Elementary Music Program! (May 2014)

On February 28, the Triton Elementary students danced the chorus of Katy Perry's "Roar" at the I Love to Read closing ceremony.  Video clips from the all school dance will be used as part of the school Hero video.  I will post the video here once it is complete!  Great job to all our fabulous dancing students and teachers!

Snowman Dance

The Triton teachers perform the Snowman Dance for the students at the Christmas Sing-a-long. (Dec. 2013)

Tiny Teachers

The "Tiny Teachers" of Triton Elementary demonstrated how they get ready for school in the morning at the Elementary Variety Show.  (May 2013)

The Sid Shuffle

Sid Shuffle

On Friday, May 24 the Triton Elementary students danced the Sid Shuffle together at the conclusion of the Elementary Variety Show.  (May 2013)

Thank You People's Energy Cooperative! 
At the end of April, the Operation Round Up Trust Board from People's Energy Cooperative donated three alto xylophones and one bass xylophone to our Triton Elementary Music Program.  These four new instruments have already been put to use in the classroom and in performance.  We truly appreciate the support of People's Energy Cooperative to help our music program grow.  Thank you! (May 2013)

Cinco de Mayo Celebrations

La Raspa

During the second week of May, the students of Triton Elementary celebrated all things Spanish!  In music class the students learned songs and dances that celebrate the Spanish culture, including La Raspa.  In addition, we had the pleasure of having Salsabarosa come to Triton and perform for our staff and students on Thursday, May 9, 2013. (May 2013)

Gotta Keep Reading
In February, the students of Triton Elementary celebrated I Love to Read Month!  As a culminating activity the students and teachers danced Gotta Keep Reading together at the Reading Celebration.  (Feb. 2013)

The Triton Elementary Holiday Sing-a-long

Holiday Sing-a-long 2012

The K-5 students of Triton Elementary sing Up on the Housetop, Jingle Jive, and We Wish You a Merry Christmas and dance the Macarena and Hand Jive. The songs and dances were led by the fifth grade students.  (Dec. 2012)

Triton Elementary Teachers Boomwhackers

The Triton Elementary teachers contributed to the Holiday Sing-a-long fun by playing boomwhackers together.  (Dec. 2012)