Online Learning Software Alert
Marion County Public Schools may record online classroom sessions utilizing third-party platforms (Zoom, Google Classroom, etc.). These recordings will only be used for educational purposes and may be shared on other learning platforms. If you do not want your child’s image or identifying information recorded, utilize your device/platform controls to stop the camera feed from your device.
Information for Students
During this time, we are using many different ways of learning that we have not had to use before. Music lessons will be me teaching the lesson and giving you an assignment similar to how it would be in the classroom. All I ask is that you do your best on my assignments. I would also encourage you to find ways to make music around the house and with your family: sing, dance, and create music - get everybody involved!
Information for Parents
First, let me say thank you for helping your student during this transition in the education process. Your help and participation are appreciated tremendously. Next, I wanted to address your role in helping students complete my assignments. The main thing you can do to help your student is to make sure they know which week they have an assignment due for specials. The rotating schedule (shown to the right) can be confusing at first, so they may need your help figuring out what special area they have an assignment for each week. Lastly, at the end of each lesson, students have an assignment to complete. In order to submit that assignment, please email me a picture of the assignment to the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Again, thank you for your support during this transition.
Distance Learning in the Music Classroom
Music is powerful. It can inspire us, uplift us, and bring us joy, happiness, and peace. My hope is that during this time you, and your family, would find a way to incorporate music into your lifestyle. Have music playing around the house. Dance and sing while doing chores. Make up your own songs about the things you're doing.
One of my favorite things about music is that it creates community. My favorite lessons to teach are when the students are using what we've learned to work together to create a musical performance. Every student has a different and wonderful idea, and I love seeing how all the ideas in a group come together to make something beautiful and wonderful. Since we are all learning in different locations, making music as a class is not possible at this time, but it is something you can do at home with your family. I encourage you to have fun, and find ways to make life musical during this time.
All assignments for my class will be posted by grade level under the "Assignments" tab on the left.
There is also a list of fun links on the "Music Enrichment" tab that you can check out to keep working on your music skills from home - these links aren't graded assignments, they're just for fun!
Parents/Guardians, please read the assignment expectations with your student as there may be a part you play in submitting an assignment to me via email.
Thank you for your support in your child's education during this new way of learning. Stay safe, stay healthy, and keep making music.
Mrs. Keister's Office Hours:
Monday-Friday, 9:00-10:00am and 1:00-2:00pm
Phone: (352) 462-1371
Music Assignment Schedule
Assignments for special areas are on a rotating schedule. This means that your student will only have one special area assignment per week. On the weeks that your student does not have a music assignment, they will have one for either art or PE. I will not post assignments early. I will only post assignments for the grade levels that have a music assignment due that week. Below I have posted the schedule for music assignments. The rotation for the next few weeks will continue in the same pattern.
- Week 1 (April 20th): KG/1st students receive a task for Art, 2nd/3rd students receive a task for Music, 4th/5th students receive a task for PE
- Week 2 (April 27th): KG/1st students receive a task for PE, 2nd/3rd students receive a task for Art, 4th/5th students receive a task for Music
- Week 3(TBD): KG/1st students receive a task for Music, 2nd/3rd students receive a task for PE, 4th/5th students receive a task for Ar
Charlie Dixon Music Festival Ticket Refund Update
Hello Chorus Students and Parents,
We have certainly had a trying and confusing last quarter. I was very disappointed when our Charlie Dixon Music Festival was cancelled. It was a lot of work and preparation, but safety must always be first.
Some have inquired about the ticket money being refunded, as we were not even able to postpone this event.
MCMA, which is the Marion County Music Association and the organization that is responsible for the event, has not been able to meet due to COVID-19 and the shut down of the schools. Until schools are reopened they are unable to refund any ticket money. If you still have your tickets please hold onto them.
Another option would be to just donate the ticket cost to MCMA for future music events and contributions to participating music teacher budgets. It has been MCMA's policy to share proceeds from the Charlie Dixon Music Festival with participating music teachers to enhance their school budgets allowing them to purchase much needed instruments, instructional materials and online music resources.
I appreciate your patience and understanding in these unprecedented times. Please know MCMA is always working to develop and enhance the musical talents of Marion County students.