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Oak View Elementary School students dive into music with March Madness

Oak View Elementary School students dive into music with March Madness

Students in Monica Healy’s class at Oak View Elementary School dove into music during Music in our Schools Month with a March Madness song bracket.

students looking at a teacher in the front of a classroom
Each week, students voted on the match ups after listening to them in music class. The song with the most votes moved on to the next week. This was done in each music class over the course of the school day.
 
A student voting

All the songs in the bracket had a baby theme. The bracket was initially broken into different time periods, including the 50s/60s, 70s/80s,  90s/2000s and 10s/20s. Songs included “Be My Baby” by The Ronettes, “Baby I Love Your Way” by Big Mountain, “What is Love (Baby Don’t Hurt Me)” by Haddaway and “Runaway Baby” by Bruno Mars. The final two songs that students voted on were “Ice Ice Baby” by Vanilla Ice and “Baby” by Justin Bieber. 
a bracket with different songs on it

Following along with the baby theme, pictures of staff members as babies were featured in the hallway next to the March Madness bracket. Students could take guesses throughout the month of which staff member they thought went with which baby picture. The correct answers were posted at the end of the month, and they went over a few of the pictures in class the last week of school before spring break. 

students looking at a teacher in the front of a classroom

Each March, Osseo Area Schools recognizes Music In Our Schools Month, which is an opportunity for music teachers to bring their music programs to the attention of the school and the community, and to display the benefits that school music brings to students of all ages.