Live Music

Those who know me, know that I love music. I love listening to music, playing music, and most of all enjoying music performed live.  In high school and in college, I went to more concerts than I can count. Later, my venue of live music broadened from Rock Concerts to include Folk, Jazz, and even Opera. I just love live music. Anyone who has listened to a favorite recording time and again and then experienced the musician live, knows that the sound is quite different. I remember my first concerts in high school thinking, this doesn’t sound much like the album and “They sang that song much differently“. It was an acquired taste, but I eventually came to love the live sound more than the “perfection” of studio recordings. Then I discovered the recordings of live performances like Eric Clapton’s “24 Nights” and Johnny Cash’s “Live at Folsom Prison“.  You could hear the energy and the spontaneity. They captured all that’s best in a live performance.

I think one of the things I like about live music is the fact that anything can happen. There is an intimacy with seeing the artist perform their work and knowing that each show is unique. They may change up their roster, they may do something original, and they can even mess up. I remember reading an article about Bruce Springsteen forgetting his lyrics at a concert and the crowd singing the song to get him back on track. Even “The Boss” makes mistakes! But I bet it’s something that crowd will be talking about for years with fond memories. Live music isn’t about perfection, it’s about being in the moment and playing your heart out with every last bit of energy.

As educators, we perform live every school day to a group students. We present at assemblies, we teach lessons in the classroom, and we facilitate discussions among our students. Like music artists, we don’t strive for perfection, but rather live in the moment and change direction as we see fit for the needs of our students. We also “play our hearts out” and give everything we have to make each day a unique learning experience for our students. Yes, I love my favorite records of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and so many others, but I’ll take a live performance any day. It’s not about getting the music right, it’s about getting right with the music!


Some of the amazing artists I’ve had the chance to see!


“Where words fail, music speaks.” – Hans Christian Andersen

“Music in the soul can be heard by the universe.” – Lao Tzu

“Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy.” – Ludwig van Beethoven



Becky Biedermann                              Cyndi Nickel

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  • Monday, March 4: Celebrate Monday Assembly (Mindfulness) 9:05 AM, Skate Night at Riverside Arena 6:00-8:00 PM
  • Tuesday, March 5: Achievement Team (Kaufman) 8:15 AM, IEP (Pisko) 10:35 AM
  • Wednesday, March 6: Parent Meeting (Ringler) 8:20 AM, Elementary Principals Meeting 1:00-4:30 PM, PTA Board Meeting 2:30 PM
  • Thursday, March 7: Staff Meeting 8:05 AM, Kindergarten Parent Night 6:00-7:00 PM
  • Friday, March 8: Students dismissed at 12:10 PM / Records Day in the afternoon
  • Saturday, March 9: Pancake Breakfast 9:00-12:00


  • Monday, March 11: Celebrate Monday Assembly 9:05 AM, Book Fair Begins
  • Tuesday, March 12: Achievement Team (Jones) 8:15 AM
  • Thursday, March 14: Collaborative Learning Time 7:50-8:50 AM
  • Friday, March 15: Book Fair Ends


  • Wednesday, March 20 & Thursday, March 21: Sky Dome in the East Commons
  • Friday, March 22: Battle of the Books
  • Tuesday, March 26: Robotics Assembly (Rescheduled)
  • Friday, March 29: Author Visit 9:30-10:30 AM
  • Monday, April 1 – Friday April 5Spring Break
  • Friday, April 12: Science Fair
  • Tuesday, May 7: Talent Show
  • Thursday, May 16: Art Fair (K-4) Music Concert (1-4) 6:00-8:00 PM
  • Tuesday, June 4: Kindergarten Round Up
  • Wednesday, June 12: Field Day

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