Meet Ms. Mcguire
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WELCOME TO HALL MUSIC STARS!

 

This is my first year at Hall International and I am very excited to teach music to Hall Stars!  I am returning to the Minneapolis school district after teaching in two other states, Texas and Iowa.  I began my choir teaching career at Northeast Middle School transferring to North High School (GO POLARS!) where I was head choral director in the later 1990’s.  Throughout my career I have had the opportunity to teach Elementary Music, Middle School, High School Choir and Community College Choir.  

 

I earned my Bachelors of Music in Education (B.M.) K-12 vocal music and K-12 general music from the University of Minnesota Minneapolis Campus. The instruments I have studied are Voice, Piano and Flute. Also, I have Kodaly Level I & II certification and have taken graduate level courses pertaining to brain function and human behavior.

 

Often, I’m asked which age do you like teaching best.  My answer is, I have enjoyed every age!  At each age there are developments, skills and new knowledge pertaining to music and one’s self to be discovered. The power of music and singing does not exclude anyone.  It is for everyone! 

 

When I’m not teaching, I sing professionally with the Minnesota Choral. The MN Chorale is the chorus to the Minnesota Orchestra.  It is exhilarating to sing in a power house choir, on stage at Orchestra Hall downtown Minneapolis, with the Grammy Award winning Minnesota Orchestra.

 

I also enjoy playing golf, kickboxing workouts, cooking and playing cards or board games.

 

I’m looking forward getting to know Hall students and create music with them.  Students in grades K-5 have general music class sessions for 50 minutes every day for one quarter during the year. Music class will include singing, instrument playing, and movement. Music class provides every student with authentic music making experiences. Students learn unison singing, experiment with two-part harmony, develop Orff instrument technique (xylophones, glockenspiels, bells), work on creative movement, and practice responsive listening skills. Students have opportunities to work cooperatively in large and small groups, experience music of different cultures and styles, and develop their musicality in meaningful ways. 

 

Here’s to a great new year Hall Stars! Get your MUSIC groove on!

Ms. McGuire

 

 

MUSIC IS

Music is a science. 
It is exact, specific, and it demands exact acoustics. 
A conductor's full score is a chart, a graph that indicates frequencies, intensities, volume changes, melody and harmony all at once and with the most exact control of time. 

 
Music is mathematical. 
It is rhythmically based on the subdivision of time into fractions that must be done instantaneously, not worked out on paper. 
 
Music is a foreign language. 
It is a highly developed kind of shorthand that uses symbols to represent ideas. 
Music is the most complete and universal language. 
 
Music is History. 
Music usually reflects the environment and times of its creation. 
 
Music is physical education. 
It requires fantastic coordination and control of all muscle groups allowing the musician to respond instantly to the sound the ear hears and the mind interprets. 
 
Music is all of these things, but most of all,  
Music is Art.   
It allows a human being to express and evoke emotion. 
 
That is why we teach music. 
Not because we expect you to major in music.  
Rather so you will be able to play or sing all your life. 
So you will recognize beauty. So you will be human. 
 
Most of all music is love.  
Love of family, and love of community. 
This is why music is "a circle of friends".

 

 

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