Students from all nine classrooms participate in music class twice per week. All grade levels explore music primarily through the Orff Schulwerk approach of singing, speaking, listening, reading, moving, playing, using instruments, and creating. The K-1 children begin studying basic musical concepts (rhythm, melody, texture, etc.) through songs, chants, games, stories, instrument exploration, and creative movement. As 2-3 students, they learn to read and write using music notation, explore familiar concepts in greater depth, and begin playing the soprano recorder. Upon becoming well-seasoned 4-5 scholars, the children touch on more sophisticated topics of music (music theory, history, composition, etc.) in order to understand it as an art form. Fourth grade students assume the honor of performing the traditional May Day song while their fifth grade peers braid the maypole, and when the time for Peep Village comes, 4-5 students have the option of enrolling their peeps in music courses at Peep University.
Prairie Creek is delighted to have our own orchestra program! Students in the 4th and 5th grades have the option of learning to play a stringed instrument (violin, viola, cello, or bass) and participating in the orchestra ensemble. The orchestra performs at music concerts and participates in other enriching experiences. By being a part of PCCSO, students learn valuable lessons in cooperation, problem solving, communication, individual and group responsibility, perseverance, literacy, creativity, and confidence. PCCSO also prepares students to continue their instrument study at Northfield Middle School or as part of the Cannon Valley Youth Orchestra program (CVYO).
Olivia Krueger received a Bachelor of Music degree in K-12 Instrumental and Classroom Music Education from St. Olaf College in 2012. Having studied piano since she was six years old and violin since she was nine, Olivia always knew that her “grown-up” profession would involve music, and she always seemed to have been teaching someone something about music. Throughout her four years at St. Olaf, Olivia played violin in the St. Olaf Orchestra and continued studying piano. During the summers of 2012 and 2013, Olivia obtained her levels I and II certifications in Orff Schulwerk from the University of St. Thomas. Olivia loves learning about learning, and plans on continuing her teacher training and her own music education for as long as she can.Contact Olivia Krueger