Welcome to Olympic View Elementary's Band & Orchestra Team Page!
At Olympic View, our 5th graders have the opportunity to participate in either band or orchestra with an instrument of their choosing. Classes are taught by some of our top-notch secondary music teachers.
In the fall, 5th grade students will receive information on choosing their instrument and receive contact from their music teachers.
- Band: Nisqually Middle School's Peter Annis
- Orchestra: River Ridge's Austin Schlichting
Rooms: Nisqually Portable-8/9; Olympic View-Portable 3Subjects: Choir; Music Appreciation; BandPhone: (360) 412-4770 ex. 37808
Classes:Nisqually Middle School:Concert ChoirSymphonic ChoirAdvanced ChoirMusic AppreciationOlympic View Elementary:5th Grade Band
I grew up in the greater Olympia area, attending Yelm High School before earning my BA in Music from Whitworth University. At the time, I was not planning on teaching, though I've always suspected I'd end up in a career that involved developing the skills and knowledge of young people.
My love for teaching began with a love for learning. Truly gifted teachers can teach students to love learning, and I was fortunate to have several such teachers. They inspired me to seek my own growth and curiosity as far as I could. I am thankful to no end for their investment in me and and my classmates. We are indebted to their tireless efforts.
My goal is to be such a teacher. I believe in the power of music to bring joy, inspiration and truth to our students and families. I think music saturates humanity so deeply that music education is essential to understanding what it means to be human. Not only can it help us empathize with those around us, but it can also help make connections between subjects, languages, cultures and other challenging barriers in ways that other studies simply cannot.
My goal is to inspire and challenge young people toward meaningful lives of compassion, service and personal growth. Though I strongly believe in the power of music, I am less interested in turning out musicians so much as I desire to equip and empower intentional, mindful citizens, contributing members of society and future leaders.
Masters in Teaching - Western Washington UniversityMasters in Music Composition - Ithaca CollegeBachelor of Music - Washington State University, magna cum laudeBachelor of Arts - Washington State University, magna cum laude