Mrs. Dramstad’s Music Classes

Happy Summer!

The 2017-2018 school year was a whirlwind of excitement and new experiences. Highlights among them include:

-several engaging, fun collaborative teaching units between music, phys ed, and library skills. Topics covered in these units include Native American studies, the Olympics, and Latin America. Mrs. Trapp, Mrs. Loomis, and myself are already in cahoots planning for next year’s adventures.

-guest artist performances brought to us by the Myrna Loy. In November, 5th grade and their little buddies enjoyed the Villalobos Brothers. In May, everyone else got to see The Fretless. I hope to bring in many more musicians from the Myrna in the future!

-HEF grant for ukuleles and the 3rd grade ukulele performance. This was, hands down, my favorite part of the entire school year! The third grade worked so diligently for so many months and gained so many skills in the process! I am so proud of their progress and of their performance. If you missed it, or would like to experience it again, you will find all of the songs right here.

As I reflect on my second year teaching at Rossiter, I am so pleased with the risks and new things we tried in music. I look forward to continue exploring new and different ways of learning and of sharing the musical growth of our Rossiter musicians. Next year will be another grand adventure!


Class YouTube Recordings

If you are interested in watching Rossiter music performances, please check out my YouTube channel. This is where informal class projects will be shared, as well as formal concerts performances.

I am particularly excited to share the Third Grade Helena History Program from May 30th, 2018. The third graders did a remarkable job of learning to play the ukulele.



Arts in the Community


  • December 5, 2017 - Helena Youth Chorus & Helena Youth Orchestra

Ukuleles: Helena Education Foundation Grant funding!

The ukuleles have arrived!

The HEF Great Ideas Grant I received in November has funded the purchase of ukuleles for our Rossiter music room! They have all arrived, along with lots of ukulele music, accessories, and a very fancy storage rack. The third grade is working diligently to develop the fine motor skills and coordination to play these instruments–with great progress so far!

If you are not familiar with the Helena Education Foundation, I encourage you to visit their website and learn about the wonderful and generous ways they support Helena teachers and students. In addition to my ukulele grant, HEF awarded Jennifer Loomis not one but two Great Ideas Grants, one last year for the climbing wall, and another this year to embellish the climbing wall with exciting accessories. Rossiter is truly so fortunate to have the support and energy of the Helena Education Foundation supporting our teachers!

Villalobos Brothers Performance

Guest Artist Performance: Villalobos Brothers, Nov. 2

The 5th Grade Buddies concert was a great success! Our fifth graders, along with their kindergarten and second grade reading buddies, had a great time watching the Villalobos Brothers perform at Rossiter. Their remarkable musicianship, fast-flying violin fingers, and incredible energy were the highlights of the performance. If you missed them, or want to relive them, check out the videos below or find them on YouTube.

Cultural Collaboration: Native American Heritage

Cultural Collaboration: American Indian Heritage

For the full week of Sept. 25-29, library skills, music, and physical education classes combined to learn about Native American heritage. We learned about traditional sports, games, stories, instruments, and music. This is the first of the Cultural Collaboration Weeks this year at Rossiter. Please stay tuned for our next one coming this winter/early spring.

Picture: Tipi on the Rossiter Playground, Sept 25, 2017


Upcoming Events

  • December 5, 2017

    Helena Youth Chorus & Helena Youth Orchestra Winter Concert

    A concert of Classical and Contemporary holiday music performed by Helena students from elementary through high school. The concert is FREE and open to the public. 5:30-7:00pm at the Myrna Loy Center Auditorium, 15 North Ewing.

  • December 14, 2017

    Kindergarten Holiday Program & Reception

    Rossiter Gym, 2:30pm

  • December 20, 2017

    Holiday Concert 2017

    12 noon. Grades 1-5 perform at the Lewis & Clark Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall.