Walk-in-Wednesday: Music with Miss Marie Landskroener

Interested in learning more about a classical Christian education at Immanuel? Curious what this looks like in action? We would love to have you join us during one of our Admissions Open Houses, or stop in on week for our Walk-in-Wednesday tour to see for yourself the joyful learning happening at ILS. If you can’t make it for a tour, or just want to experience more of this for yourself, each Wednesday, our ILS blog is introducing a sneak peek from one of our teachers, highlighting what a visitor might observe when they walk into our classrooms.

Enjoy this a virtual tour here on the ILS Blog through our “Walk-in-Wednesday” series, and we hope it provides more of a feel for what you might experience at Immanuel. This week, join us in our music classroom, as Miss Marie Landskroener shares more about some of the delightful moments you may encounter in one of her many music classes every week.

We hope you enjoy, and please visit the blog each week as we share additional “Walk-in-Wednesday” features!

“Miss Landskroener, do you listen to any, um, normal music?” 

The student who asked this had just sat through an enthusiastic explanation of Antonio Vivaldi and his Four Seasons. Who can help but be excited when you know that the first movement of “Autumn” is about to explode through that little Bose speaker? And what a treat that I, as the music teacher, get to listen to all this “art” music (known as “classical” to the masses) day after day, class after class.  

This is the end of music class. We always conclude our time with our “Comp. of the Week”, “comp.” referring to both “composition” and “composer”. While the older students tend to take this time to sit back and relax, the younger students eagerly engage with the music by playing air violin. Or air piano. Or by conducting. You ever thought classical music was boring? Try playing Bizet’s “Carmen” overture to a class of over-excited first-graders.  

Some days we even get to sing the “Musical Timeline Song”. It’s a real treat, and let me be honest: I’ve probably learned half of what I know about music history from that song (thanks, Miss German!). Kidding, kidding, but when your kid comes home spouting off “Baroque began sixteen hundred until about seventeen-fifty” you’ll realize that we would all benefit from memorizing such a masterpiece (does anyone even know what “baroque” refers to anymore anyways?). In short, I love this time of the class! 

And at the risk of ruining my reputation, yes. Yes I do listen to “normal” music.  

Just don’t tell the kids.