March 9, 2018: Music in Our Schools Month

Image of the words "live music" painted on a worn wood board.Hello, Black River Falls Community!  This is Dr. Shelly Severson with the School District of Black River Falls here to share this week’s installment of our Spotlight on Schools! This week I’m going to talk about a topic that is very near and dear to my heart - Music in our Schools! Did you know that March is Music in our Schools Month in the state of Wisconsin?  

While we may all have very different tastes in music, I hope we can all agree that the teaching of music in our schools is a necessity if we are to teach the whole child.  People sometimes get frustrated and feel that there is way too much emphasis on testing and achievement scores. The teaching of music exposes kids to scores of a whole new kind!  Research has consistently shown that students are more successful when they actively engage both sides of their brain, the creative and the mathematical--not to mention the pure joy that comes with being a part of a successful performing group!

Those of you that have been around for a while may remember that I began my career in Black River Falls as a music teacher at the elementary and middle school levels.  While I miss the thrill of helping the kids take a song from being brand new to a performance that they and their parents are beaming with pride in, I currently have the best of both worlds.  I can bop in and out of the classrooms and sit back and enjoy the performances with the rest of the community!

We are so lucky in our community to have some phenomenal music educators! At the elementary levels, everyone is always impressed with the massive groups that both Jody Gawron and Stephanie Cowles can coordinate and direct into producing such amazing shows!  Stephanie also helps out with the vocals at the middle school along with Joe Phillips, who also directs all of the high school vocal ensembles. As far as our band directors, Troy Tande does a great job getting the kids started at the middle school level, and Paula Hardie can be seen all over town giving kids the opportunities to showcase their talents! Each of these teachers shares a passion for creating music with our students and our community; we are so grateful!

Speaking of music, please don’t forget that this weekend is the high school musical "The Little Mermaid"!  If you are a fan of some of those fun-loving songs, please be sure to catch one of the shows! They perform at 7:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday evening and again at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday afternoon.  It is a huge cast and crew, and we are so proud of the involvement of all of our kids!

As always, thank you so much for your support of the School District of Black River Falls!  If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me! Let’s show our Tiger Pride in all that we do!

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