A message from our music staff:

Mr. Berger and Ms. Dudlak are glad you're here! Check back often for updates and info about our Westgate music program. Mr. Berger can be reached via email at gberger@sd25.org, and Ms. Dudlak can be reached at jdudlak@sd25.org. Follow Mr. Berger on Twitter! @WEMusic160

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Special Announcement~ 5th grade concert has been rescheduled

Please be advised that the 5th grade concert has been rescheduled. The original date was Thursday, April 7th, and the new date is Thursday, May 5th. Please contact Mr. Berger or Mrs. Clark with questions or concerns.

Thank you!

Mr. Berger ./`

Thursday, March 10, 2016

First and Second Grade Concert Was a Fluttering Success!

 Our first and second grade students performed their late winter concert on Tuesday, March 8th. The concert was titled "Butterflies in the Barnyard", and the theme was songs about butterflies and the growth cycle. The students did a great job, and performed with great energy! Special thanks to Mrs. Naunheimer for taking amazing pictures, and to Mrs. Dalton for taking the video for us!

Mrs. Clark leads "Barnyard Boogie".

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

March is Music in Our Schools Month! Celebrate Music!

Here's a quote on Why Music Education is important from www.FreddietheFrog.com:

  • Music causes the mind to think smarter.
  • Medical scans track brain activity.
  • Music is one of the very few whole brain activities, engaging all four parts of the brain!  All other tasks use either the left or right brain. Music exercises all of the brain.
  • How?
When playing music, the mind chooses how fast or slow to play, with what style, rhythm, phrasing, and feeling.  It also tells the fingers when to move, reads and memorizes.  When playing music, you do ALL of this at the SAME TIME!
  • The more you play, the more you exercise your mind.  The exercised mind thinks better, making a student smarter.
  • A high percentage of band, choir, or orchestra members get good grades in school.
  • Band kids aren’t smarter because they like music; band kids are smarter because they PLAYmusic.
  • If an athlete would be well-suited and prepared for a physically demanding job, doesn’t it make sense that music instruction would mentally prepare a person for a mentally challenging job?