Margy began teaching at CVA in 2015. During high school and college French horn and piano were her main instruments but later on she discovered a love for singing and composing. Prior to CVA her experience was in public schools and her church. When she's not at CVA she enjoys gardening,  arranging Norwegian music for a women's choir she leads and keeping in touch with her 3 grown children and her dog, Luna.  She is amazed by the deep learning offered by music, and the wonderment of teaching children..She grew up in Bemidji, MN, graduated with a BA in Philosophy and Norwegian from St. Olaf College and got her K-12 vocal certification (MAT) at the University of St. Thomas.               (651) 523-7170 x110 



Which students get music?

All students K-4 have music weekly all year. Many middle school students have a semester of music; 5th graders focus on recorder, 7th grade experiences drumming and during the 2016/17 year incoming 8th graders get beginning guitar or Spanish 2. Senior high students can fulfill Arts grad standards through Music Performance (2 credits) and Music Appreciation (1 credit).


Performance at CVA is a low key, fun tradition!  December’s evening concert features 5th and 7th grades, plus Music Performance.  March brings a concert during the schoolday for K-4 and May’s concert returns to the evening with Music Performance and 8th grade guitar recital/coffeehouse.


In grades K-3 music homework is included in the classroom teacher's weekly assignments. 4th graders and up  find theirs in moodle, our online learning platform.  This often includes a listening selection (through Spotify, usually) and an assignment connecting the selection to what they are learning at school, both in the music classroom and elsewhere. 


Favorite quote

"...the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best."      
                                    Henry Van Dyke (American poet, 1852-1933)