Beginning in fifth grade, students have the opportunity to participate in our instrumental music program. Students may participate in either the band or orchestra, with an option to also join the advanced string ensemble or the jazz band. Students participating in the instrumental music program receive individual or group instruction once a week and practice with the band or orchestra once a week as well. Instrumental music students put on a band and an orchestra concert once a year, as well as a recital during Montessori Week.
Elementary students receive general music education, including instruction with Orff instruments, in half-hour classes twice a week. Erdkinder students participate in hour-long choir lessons once a week. Students give concerts several times a year.
I have taught at Bluffview since 2016. I am a member of the Winona Brass Band and Winona Municipal Band. Formerly I taught General and Instrumental music in northeast Iowa. Outside of music, my wife and I enjoy hiking and fishing. As Drake University alums, we also spend a lot of time with our bulldog, Gustav and our new baby, Benjamin.
I have great fun teaching the variety of music classes at Bluffview. Whether band, orchestra, choir, or general music, every chance to share music is a blast. Students in band and orchestra receive lessons once a week to reinforce musical skills.