• MNMS 7th/8th Grade Bands is proud to present their 2021 Virtual Winter Band Concert!!!  They will perform 5 concert band pieces in a Virtual setting, and you're sure to like their sweet and rockin' tunes.  The concert premieres at (https://youtu.be/ny-VobWxqFU) this Thursday (2/11) at 7pm.  You'll probably also see some people you know!  Grab some popcorn, and enjoy!  

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  • Hello Parents and Caregivers, 

    We are reaching out to families of our music students district-wide to introduce you to the SCASD Music Boosters. The Music Boosters have worked side by side with all levels of music instructors and ensembles providing a number of services with the goal of support, promotion and advocacy for our excellent Music program. In years' past we have provided the following to benefit the elementary and middle school levels: 

    • Coordinate Family Fun Music events to promote a district-wide continuation of music education. 
    • Facilitate a Used Instrument Sale to provide a lower cost option for purchasing instruments. ● Operate a popular clothing sale promoting SCASD Music education. 
    • Provide funds for music education materials at teachers' request. 
    • Advocate for the Music curriculum to be a core value in the district. 
    • Provide concert refreshments to all the concerts. 
    • Coordinate a Music Teacher Appreciation program during Music Teacher Appreciation month each year. 

    In the high school level, the Music Boosters expand their role to provide a bridge and roadmap to the many music ensembles and activities offered in the high school. In addition to the activities above, we also offer support in the Marching Band, Ensemble group trips, fundraising and social activities that benefit all students in the music program. 

    In these unusual circumstances, we are not able to assist the Music program in the same capacity, but we are doing all that we can including advocacy at the school board level, Clothing Sale and Music Teacher Appreciation. We are encouraging all parents to consider supporting the Music Boosters and we are looking to be ready with a force of volunteers willing and able to serve as needs arise in the District. You can join Boosters with a membership fee of $5.00 per family (elementary) or $10.00 per family (Middle School and High School) based on the age of the eldest child participating in the music program. Please click on this link to activate your membership and pay the fee: https://www.scasd.org/Page/23058. Please note that you can pay by credit card or paypal on the website, or you can mail a check to the address listed on the website. 

    In addition, our next monthly Zoom meeting is on December 7th at 7pm. If you'd like to receive the link for this meeting and learn more about Music Boosters, you can email Terra at 


    Thank you for your time and feel free to email any questions to scmbpresident@gmail.com. We look forward to hearing from you. 


    Janie Schaumburg, SCASD Music Boosters President 

    Maureen Jones, SCASD Music Boosters Vice-President 

    Terra Deyo, SCASD Music Boosters Secretary 

    Deb Anderson, SCASD Music Boosters Treasurer

  • I'm excited to inform you that next week we'll be having a special band lesson!  Instead of meeting over Google Meet with just our lesson group as we have been, we'll be meeting up in a large group of SCASD students that all play your same instrument!  
    You need to attend when you see the name of your instrument next to the time and date below. Here is the link:  meet.google.com/eub-ewmd-mui  
    Thursday, Dec 10th
    9:15 - 9:45 (French Horn)
    9:50 - 10:20 (Trombone)
    10:25 - 10:55 (Flutes)
    11:00 - 11:30 (Clarinets)
    Friday, Dec 11th
    9:15 - 9:45 (Percussion)
    9:50 - 10:20 (Euph/Tuba)
    10:25 - 10:55 (Saxophones)
    11:00 - 11:30 (Trumpet)

    Please let me know if you have any questions. I'll see you next week!

  • 10/8/2020 Anouncement.

    I have a new tab to help you acquire SmartMusic In short: Once you purchase it through My School Bucks with SCASD, go to this web address:  https://admin.smartmusic.com/join . Then put in the code.


    • First Year: LVRU3-YUYRA
    • Second Year: RDWJT-LMDUE


    ***A Smart Music License can be purchased through the district via MySchoolBucks. Families can use the following link and sign in to their MySchoolBucks account. They will need to select a student when purchasing the license. https://www.myschoolbucks.com/ver2/prdembd?ref=ZZH55D7KO5082LP_ZZMCC9UYQ3DOGZL

    When completed, the district will take a couple days to process it. After a couple days, try the codes.

    10/1/2020 Announcement:

    Please order SmartMusic through your MySchoolBuck account. It will take several days for SCASD to process it through with the company so you may have to wait to put in the codes below. When you do have access to my classroom it iwll not make you pay. If it asks you to pay more, then the SCASD request has not been processed yet and you'll need to just wait a couple days more. Please let me know if you have any questions. Thanks!





    Past announcements:

    Dear Parents and Guardians of 4th and 5th grade students, 

    Each year at this time, students eagerly await their turn to join our music program.  The study of music could be one of the most valuable components in your child’s education.  Current research shows that playing an instrument increases brain development and—along with developing responsibility, mental discipline, teamwork and self-esteem—will provide enjoyment and fulfillment while fostering a lifelong appreciation of music. 

     While working within the limits of our SCASD Music K-12 Health and Safety Guidelines we are planning to proceed safely with instrumental music lessons for the 2020-2021 school year pending board review.  In-Person playing will not exceed 30 minutes in groups of 2 or 3 students with bell covers and face masks with slits and six-feet distancing (or nine-feet for trombone) pending board review. In-Person band lessons with NO playing will be in groups of 2 or 3 students who are wearing face masks with six-feet distancing.  Students will receive instruction for music reading, fingerings on the instrument with no mouthpiece, rhythm reading, and perform rhythms.  Any opportunity to play outside will be taken to provide even more fresh air exchange.  Remote students will have the opportunity for lessons, as well, during the school day via zoom.  String instrument  and percussion lessons will proceed in person and remote and will play during every lesson.

     Our instrumental music teachers will hold two online parent meetings:

    Tuesday, August 18th at 7:00pm https://scasd.zoom.us/j/7472082815

    Thursday, August 20th at 7:00pm https://scasd.zoom.us/j/7472082815

     During these meetings, a brief video will be shown to demonstrate the instrument choices, explain our instrumental music program, and how to register.  There will also be time for families to ask questions.  The elementary instrumental music video is fun to watch with your child so that they can decide what instrument to play and can be found here.  We understand that you have a busy schedule, so the meeting will be short, but informative.  

     The State College Area School District believes that every child should have the opportunity to participate in music-making, to develop an appreciation for it, and to tap into their hidden talents through the study of it.  All instruction is free and all that is necessary is for you to obtain an instrument for your child. A quality instrument is the most essential piece of equipment needed for your child’s success.  

     We deeply believe that every student deserves the opportunity to participate in the instrumental music program, regardless of his or her life circumstances.  Please reach out to your instrumental music teacher if you have any concerns about affordability of an instrument or supplies.  The school district has a limited supply of loaner instruments for students of need.


    You can learn more about the district instrumental music program by visiting our website. The address is https://sites.google.com/view/elementaryinstrumental/


    If you have any questions, email me at cag16@scasd.org

    The elementary instrumental music department is looking forward to an exciting year!

  • Schedules updated

    Posted by CAROLYN GARDNER on 2/1/2019 9:00:00 AM

    With the snow days, the dates have changed on the schedules. These are now updated as of 2/1. Thanks!

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  • Great job beginning band!

    Posted by CAROLYN GARDNER on 1/17/2019 9:00:00 AM

    Band rehearsals are underway. Students have done a great job getting to rehearsal for the downbeat at 7:15. We worked on the basics of how to have a productive rehearsal together. We practiced staying in rest position, no talking or playing, eyes on the teacher and listening for directions. Our songs we worked on were Shockwave, Procession of Heroes, Temple of Darkness and Royal March. Each section has a mix of easy and difficult parts. I'm encouraging students to prepare their soli sections for next week.

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  • Percussion Sectional

    Posted by CAROLYN GARDNER on 1/17/2019 8:00:00 AM

    Great job to students who came to the percussion sectional last night. Continue to work on the following principles of a good percussionist:

    Keep a steady beat.

    Know where you are in the music.

    Count rests as well as rhythmns.

    Know what part you were assigned.

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  • End of the Year

    Posted by CAROLYN GARDNER on 6/7/2018 6:00:00 AM
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  • End of the Year

    Posted by CAROLYN GARDNER on 6/7/2018 6:00:00 AM
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  • Summer Events

    Posted by CAROLYN GARDNER on 5/10/2018 10:00:00 AM

    Hello parents,

    Now is the time to get in on our amazing summer music program in SCASD. Check out this link to summer band and orchestra. It is a rather economical way to have music over the summer. 4 weeks of band or orchestra and I am lucky to be the director! You don't have to go to all of the rehearsals. We end with the program with a concert.
    Feel like too much? Give your student a private music lesson here and there over the summer. One on one instruction to review and keep their skills sharp. You can choose one or more and schedule it at a convenient time for you throughout the summer.
    Just for band members, there is also 'Dust Off Your Instrument Day' at the end of the summer! Lessons at school will start soon so let's remember our basic skills together on our instruments in a large group of friends from Ferguson, Mount Nittany and Houserville. A showcase for parents will be given at the end this fun musical event.
    Exclusively for flutists: SCASD flute day is new this year. Flute choir and solo performance opportunities for a unique musical learning experience. 
    Please let me know if you have any questions. I encourage you to sign your student up for one of theses amazing musical opportunities to enrich their summer with music.
    Thank you,
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  • Great Concerts!

    Posted by CAROLYN GARDNER on 5/9/2018 2:00:00 PM

    The concerts at HO, FT and MNE were fantastic! I am so proud of all the work your student put in to make the concert successful!

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  • Concert time!

    Posted by CAROLYN GARDNER on 3/1/2018 2:00:00 PM

    Hello parents,

    It is hard to believe that our concert is almost here! I am so proud of all the work your student has put in to preparing for the concert. Please make sure that your student attends the remaining rehearsals before school so we can be fully prepared for the concert. 
    In addition to our concert, we will also get a chance to play an assembly for the students during the school day. Details will be provided as we get closer. For concert attire, we ask that students wear 'picture day' clothing. Something nice that they would be comfortable in is recommended. For the concert, it is recommended for the student to come a little early to set up their instruments but they will be staying with you, so you will have to gauge how early you would like to arrive. 15-30 minutes is more than enough, just so they can put their instrument near the stage and take a seat with you. 
    Please let me know if you have any questions and I will get back to you as soon as possible. Thank you for your support of instrumental music and we are looking forward to seeing you at the concert!
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  • January Ensembles

    Posted by CAROLYN GARDNER on 12/7/2017 1:00:00 PM

    Information about ensembles starting in January are listed on the website for each school. Information was sent through email and a copy of the information will be sent home with students next week. Please let me know if you have any questions. Thanks!

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  • Congratulations 5th graders in Partner's in Music!

    Posted by CAROLYN GARDNER on 11/22/2017 8:00:00 AM

    Great job to 5th graders participating in the PArtner's in Music opportunity! The concert was fantastic!

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