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Mini-Grants Make Music

Hamline professor keeps music program thriving at Hamline Elementary

– our bodies and voices,” said teacher of the program, Kathy Thomsen, in an email answering the Snelling Connection’s questions. If you could walk Thomsen says they also use other by room 2204 on instruments such as the second floor of drums, tambourines, Hamline Elementary, woodblocks, claves, you might be lucky finger cymbals, and Music makes us enough to hear the Thomsen sometimes human.” sound of the second will even play the grade music program. piano. -Kathy Thomsen Singing, the rattling When asked what of maracas, chiming value music plays n from xylophones, and a child’s education, many other musical Thomsen replied that, sounds can all be “Music allows us heard echoing in the halls. to be creative, expressive, and “We use our main instruments precise all at the same time.” By By Mazzy Taylor Journalist

participating in musical activities we learn to be careful listeners. “Music makes us human,” she says. Of course, none of this would be possible without mini-grants from the Hamline-To-Hamline Collaboration. The mini-grants have provided the funding to buy percussion instruments, an alto xylophone, and other music writing tools, such as an erasable board with staff lines. The purchase of such instruments has helped ensure music will always be a part of the Hamline Elementary learning experience.

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Snelling Connection Updates The new academic year brought about a new beginning for Hamline Elementary as it transitioned from a magnet school to a community school. The building welcomed a large number of new students who live in the neighborhood immediately surrounding Hamline Elementary. The large transition was not without challenges, but with the first half of the year well underway, the school is once again returning a state of normalcy and well oiled routines -- aside from the recently fallen snow which is currently freezing everything in place! As our two schools continue our journey of over 125 years together, we invite everyone, new and old, to be an active part in shaping where we go next. — Isaac Mullin & Darrian Smith Snelling Connection Co-Editors

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