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Karen Salter, Music Teacher

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Our Middle School Students Become Music Teachers

By Karen Salter, FSMN Music Teacher The Mississippi (Kindergarten) students have been very curious about all of the wonderful instruments in the music classroom. They just couldn’t wait to get their hands on the drum set, Orff instruments, and all of the fun and quirky rhythm instruments. I wanted to give them an opportunity to explore, but I knew I couldn’t do it alone. I asked my 7th and 8th-grade.. Read More

Arts Field Trip in Lowertown St. Paul

Friends School of Minnesota seventh and eighth graders enjoyed a full day of arts on their field trip in downtown St. Paul. They took the Green Line train from school to Lowertown, met and worked with local creative artists, and had a picnic lunch in Mears Park. Bellows Recording Studio Students visited Bellows Recording studio. They met drummer/composer Graham O’Brien and worked collaboratively with him to compose using samples and an acoustic drum.. Read More

Dance Residency 2015

Friends School of Minnesota welcomed back Jae Haile Phillips and Hannah Esparza for a dance residency the during the week of October 19-23. Students in kindergarten through 8th grade learned a different social dance each day.  They explored Merengue, Bachata, Salsa, and Hip Hop. Students had the opportunity to work through basic dance moves and practiced incorporating those steps into a more intricate routine by the end of class.  As they grew in their confidence,.. Read More