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I have been teaching elementary music and band for 7 years.  I grew up outside of Altamont, KS and graduated from Labette County High School.  I received my Bachelor of Music Education degree from Kansas State University in 2009, with a minor in Anthropology (emphasis in linguistics).  I was very active in marching band, several concert bands and ensembles, the clarinet studio, and band sorority.  In 2014, I completed my Master's degree in Music Education and Band Conducting.  Music is such an important part of daily life, and an integral part of every society on the planet, and in every stage of history.  I love using music to reach my students and seeing them enjoy music in different ways is so amazing!  Thank you for letting me share my love of music with your students.


Recent Posts

3rd Graders Featured in Quaver's Digital Field Trip

Third grade students from Mr. Gullick, Mrs. Smith, and Ms. Caviness' classes were challenged with learning the choreography to the song "Almost Summertime," one of the "songs of the month" in Mrs. Mitchell's music class.  Once the dance was learned, it was recorded by student volunteers and submitted to Quaver's Marvelous World of Music.
This music program is used by teachers all over the country and all over the world as part of their schools' music curriculum.  Community Elementary School has been using the program for 2 years.  This high-energy, fast-paced, all-engaging program has become a favorite for many students at the elementary school.
On Tuesday, May 9, Quaver and his friends Austin Otto and Gwenda traveled with the student around the world on their annual "Digital Field Trip" to learn different dances around the world.  Students learned the tango in Argentina, the kathak in India, and clogging in Appalachia.  Then they "traveled" back home to watch a compilation video of different schools perform "Almost Summertime."  Community Elementary School was 1 of 17 schools chosen to be a part of the video that has been seen by 50,000+ students around the world!  The students are featured twice throughout the song (27:34 and 27:52), and can be viewed until the end of June.
Congratulations to Mrs. Mitchell and the 3rd grade students!
Click here to view the viedo: 

6th Grade Variety Show

Th6th grade variety show will be held on February 21.  Students must audition in order to participate in the show.  Auditions will be held during school on Jan. 31, Feb. 1, and Feb. 2.  An after-school audition will also be held on Feb. 2 from 3:30-4:30.
Please see note for more information.

Successful Music Program

Thank you to all how participated in the 4th grade music program!  You all did such a wonderful job and we have gotten LOTS of compliments from family members, friends, teachers, and other school employees.  Your hard work has paid off!
Thank you to all of the parents who took the time to bring your children to the concert, and an extra thanks if you brought a special honored guest with you.
Of course, thank you to all of our veterans!  Without you, our concert would not have been possible!  You are our greatest heros!!!!

Happy School Year!

The new school year is off to another great start in the music classes!  
Grades K-4 have been exploring the awesome new curriculum called "Quaver's Marvelous World."  It is a fun, fast-paced web-based program that uses today's technology to teach classic music concepts like meter, beat, rhythm, melody, harmony, voice parts, instrument families, and music history.
Kindergarten has been focusing on music and sounds that have a beat, and others that have no beat.  We've also learned different ways to keep a steady beat, like clapping your hands, stomping your feet, blinking your eyes, patting your head, and countless more!  Ask your student to find a way to keep the beat to the music on your radio the next time you are in the car.  Now, we are working on our whispering, talking, singing, and shouting voices.  Ask them to demonstrate!
First grade has been working on steady beat, too, but also how strong and weak beats effect the meter of the music.  We are currently working conducting, marching/walking, and singing in the meters of 2 and 4.  Ask them to show you how they march in a meter of 2 or walk in a meter of 4!
The second graders are experts at meter, and can easily distinguish the difference between meters of 2, 3, or 4!  They have learned how to march, waltz, walk, and samba to the beat, depending on which meter they are in.  Ask them to tell you everything they know about Strauss and "The Blue Danube."
Third grade has spent the beginning of the year learning about meter and rhythm.  We have built ostinatos, improvised on instruments and with our bodies.  Soon we will be learning about different voice types.
The fourth graders in Mrs. Lunt's, Mrs. Rutherford's, Mrs. Hayes' and Mr. McFall's classes have been busy since day 1 working on our upcoming program.  It will be a salute to the veteran's in our families and community and will showcase patriotic songs old, and new!  The program will be on Thursday, November 10 at 7:00 in the CES Multi-purpose room.  Look for a note with more details coming soon!
The band students have been just as busy as the general music students.  On August 31, we had the wonderful experience of hearing and seeing the Bartlesville Symphony Orchestra in concert.  They performed a concert full of music that was based of folk stories and legends.  It was very fun, exciting, and a great learning experience.  I'm sure the parents have heard all about it!
The beginning band students have learned how to correctly assemble and clean their instruments.  We are starting with books this week.  If your band student still does not have a book, contact Mrs. Mitchell for more information.  All students will need their own band book to participate in class!
We are busy, busy, busy and don't plan on slowing down any time soon!  Check back for more updates!