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Welcome to the wonderful world of music!

A huge thank you to the Excel community for supporting Music through the Twisted Penny fundraiser.  I am blown away by your generosity.  I can't wait to get our Modern Rock Band and Recording Studio materials.  I feel so blessed and grateful to be apart of such a marvelous community. Thank you again for your support. 

Announcement:  25 students from the 4-5 lab auditioned to participate in Elementary All-State Choir.  The following six students were chosen to represent our school at the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs on Saturday, January 25th. 

                    Darby, Avery, Emily, Luke, Amaya, Wyatt 

I am very proud of all 25 students who auditioned.  You all did a marvelous job.  I wish I could take all 25 of you. If you are a 4th grader, make sure and audition again next year.

Highlights and Hoorays:
K- I will be able to recognize various instruments:  Guitar, violin, piano, drums, flute and trumpet.  Each of these instruments belong to a family.
1st- I will learn that music has sound and silence.  Silence are notated with rests.  
2nd-I will be able to identify the four families of instruments in the Symphony Orchestra.  Each family has unique characteristics.
3rd- I will be able to recognize the various members of the percussion family and play rhythms on our homemade drum kit. 
4/5th- I will recognize the members of the percussion family and that they fall into two categories:  Pitched and Unpitched.
6th- We began our discovery of the Romantic Era with the masters:  Chopin, Schumann, and Schubert.  Composer Box Projects are due Monday, Oct. 14th. 
Uke/guitar - Students have broken up into groups and picked a modern song to learn on the guitar.  We will be having our very own concert Thursday, Oct. 3rd.

Announcing the musical for this year!

AlladinTeacher Introduction
Mrs. Boyd
This is my 16th year teacher at Excel Academy.  It has been a privilege to work in such a supportive and incredible community. I received my Bachelors in Music Education from Brigham Young University and completed my Masters at Kent State University where I graduated summa cum laude. I found my passion early in life with music and the performing arts and have continued to develop and enjoy these skills.  I have organized and participated in various choirs, orchestras, bands and benefit performances throughout my career. My performances have taken me throughout the United States and Europe.  I am also passionate about sharing the joy of music with my students. As a full time music teacher, I enjoy implementing proven methodologies in the classroom such as: Kodaly, Orff and Dalcroze for the total benefit of my students. I have written and presented music units at a locale and national level. I believe that music is a powerful and important part of education and developing the whole child. 

I am married to my high school sweetheart and we are the proud parents of five sons and three adorable grandchildren. Other hobbies include; family history, cooking, scrapbooking, camping, and traveling.

"Show me the home wherein music dwells, and I shall show you a happy, peaceful, and contented home."  -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

"Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life."  -Berthold Auerbach

Contact Information: Please allow 48 hours to answer emails
Lori Boyd
303-467-2295 ext. 210