Today Is A Good Day To Have A Good Day In MUSIC CLASS!
Classroom drums
Classroom drums


This is my second year at Hall International and I am so happy to be back!  Last year I returned 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 in the states of Minnesota, Texas and Iowa. 



Often, I’m asked "Which grades do I 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 self discovery to get in tune with. The power of music and singing does not exclude anyone.  It is for everyone at any age!


What's new THIS 2018-19 SCHOOL YEAR 


HALL STARS CHOIR is open to all 3rd, 4th and 5th Graders.  Students will have a 30 minute rehearsal once each week. We hope to have a few permformances at school and off campus.

  • MUSICAL is offered as an afterschool activity on Tuesday and Thursday.  Ms. McGuire and 3rd grade teacher Mr. Hohlen prepare 2nd, 3rd, 4th & 5th graders in the musical to a shinning Hall Star performance. 



I earned my Bachelors of Music in Education (BM) 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.


When I’m not teaching, I sing professionally with the Minnesota Choral. The MN Chorale is the chorus who sings with the Minnesota Orchestra.  It is exhilarating to sing in a powerhouse choir, on stage at Orchestra Hall located downtown Minneapolis, with the Grammy Award winning Minnesota Orchestra.  I also enjoy playing golf, kickboxing workouts, cooking and playing cards or board games.


I look forward to learning more about Hall students and create music with them.  Students in grades Pre-K and K-5 have general music class for 55 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 year Hall Stars!

Get your MUSIC groove on!

Ms. McGuire




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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