General and Vocal Music
About Music at Seward
In person, Kindergarten, E-1 & E-2 students attend one 55-minute music class each week. For distance learning, students attend one 45 minute music class each week.
In music, students learn best by doing. We sing, play instruments, and dance together. Our class activities lead students to greater skill as musicians. We learn to understand musical content through the arts processes of create, perform & respond in music.
Assumptions of Music
Humans have a fundamental need to express themselves through music.
Music is a complex integration of thinking, feeling and sharing.
Music is a viable way of thinking and knowing.
Music is grounded in culture.
Music is a vital means of communication.
Music provides symbolic representation of life.
from "Engaging Activities in the Arts--Music," Minnesota K-12 Academic Standards in the Arts.
About Miss Kirsten
I am so happy to continue my role as the general music and vocal music teacher at Seward! This is my 3rd year of teaching music at Seward. I teach general music to High Five, Kindergarten, E1, and E2 students. I teach elective choirs to E2 students and middle school students.
Prior to teaching at Seward, I went to St. Olaf College an received a B.M in Music Education in 2016. After finishing school, I lived in Guyana, South America for one year, teaching piano, violin, and general music.
My primary performing instrument is the string bass. Over the years, I've learned how to play many other instruments. Most recently, I've begun learning to play the accordion!
In my free time, I enjoy making music (of course!), playing softball, walking, and spending time with my family.
I would love to connect with you about how I can best serve your child, this school, and its community. Feel free to contact me to discuss any questions or concerns you may have about your child in music class. The best way to reach me is by email at email@example.com.
Virtual Music Classroom Expectations
Links to Learning Platforms
Click the pictures to go to the websites.
More Music Education Links
Interactive Music Websites
LISTENING TO RHYTHM PATTERNS QUIZ - E1 & E2
RHYTHM TRAINER - E1 & E2
RHYTHM BANDIT - Game - Identify the note values and add them together to get points! - E2
RHYTHM HOTSHOTS QUIZ - E2
ONLINE METRONOME - K, E1, & E2
Melody Games/Reading the Notes on the Staff
WHACK A NOTE - reading notes on the staff - E1 & E2
NAME THAT NOTE - E2
YOUNG PERSON'S GUIDE TO THE ORCHESTRA - E1 & E2
INSTRUMENT FAMILIES- FOOTBALL - E1 & E2
VIRTUAL PIANO ONLINE - K, E1, & E2
MUSIC LISTENING- SAME OR DIFFERENT - K & E1
SEEING MUSIC - K, E1, & E2
STORM CHASERS - Listening for Contour - K, E1, & E2
SOUND CANVAS - K, E1, & E2
BEAT LAB - Create your own beats. - E1 & E2
JAM STUDIO - The online music factory. - E2
Flat - Online composition site. - E1 & E2
Orchestral Instruments and Composer Games
NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC KIDZONE - Interactive games about instruments and composers - E1 & E2
SPHINX KIDS - Learn about composers, composing, and instruments through games and videos - E1 & E2
Websites with Sound Experiments and Science
SAN FRANCISCO EXPLORATORIUM ONLINE - Learn all about the science of music - E2
Websites with a Collection of Musical Games & Activities
GROOVE PIZZA - Learn about the different styles of music and different ways to change the sound - K, E1, & E2
CLASSICS FOR KIDS - Games about rhythms, note naming, composition, instruments, and composers. - E1 & E2
SFS KIDS - Fun and games with music. E1 & E2
MPR Music Lesson of the Day - Lessons about classical music, instruments, and more! - E2
THETA MUSIC TRAINER - E2 & Choir
ULTMATE COLLECTION OF UKULELE TUTORIALS - E1 & E2
DRUM TRACKS FOR JAM/PRACTICE - List of over 300 free drum only backing tracks on youtube - sorted by genre and tempo - K, E1, & E2
Daily Rhythm Reading - Videos of children's books being read rhythmically - K, E1, E2
John Jacobson Dance Routines - K, E1, & E2
Music Standards & Curriculum
The State and National Standards are listed below. Both sets of standards work well together.
The MN State Standards are listed as:
For more information, you may use any of the following links
2008 MN Arts Standards - This is the current working version of the MN Standards in the Arts.