Deer Lakes

School District

Leanne Scholl

Profile:

My name is Leanne Scholl and I am a Music teacher at Deer Lakes Middle and High Schools and East Union Intermediate Center.  I currently teach Strings in grades 4 through 12, 3rd and 5th grade General Music, and 5th grade Chorus.  I have taught at Deer Lakes since 1999, and started the Strings program that same year.
 
I am a former member of the award-winning Duquesne University Chamber Singers and the Bach Choir of Pittsburgh, and have performed in numerous musical theater productions.  
One of the best experiences of my life was performing with the Chamber Singers on a 6-week concert tour of Germany, the Czech Republic, Poland, Estonia, and Russia in 1997.
 
I strongly believe that music is a vital part of our childrens' education.  I am passionate about music and hope to foster not only musical literacy and performance ability, but also a love and appreciation for music.
 
I live in the Penn-Trafford School District with my husband, three children, and three cats.  I enjoy singing, playing the cello, attending concerts and movies, shooting pool, bowling, and spending time in nature with my family.
 

Assignments:

Strings:
 
Students are expected to practice their instruments at home in addition to class rehearsal time (especially due to the nature of the hybrid schedule). 
There will be a few playing tests and written assignments/quizzes throughout the year.  Students will be given plenty of advance notice prior to testing.
Attendance at after-school rehearsals and concerts is mandatory. At this time we are uncertain about performance dates- updates will be given as the year progresses! For now they are all TBD.

General Music:
 
Class participation is a major part of the students' grades.  A few written or performance-based assessments will be given throughout the year with plenty of advance notice.
 

High School Strings Lesson Plans
 
Students will practice playing sheet music as a full ensemble each day during in-person learning.
On Remote Learning weeks, Google Meets will be scheduled throughout the week. Students should check Google Classroom and their email for the schedule and Meet link.
Students should also be practicing their sheet music at home as much as possible.

Middle School Strings Lesson Plans
 
Students will practice playing sheet music as a full ensemble on the days they have in-person class. 
On Remote Learning weeks, Google Meets will be scheduled throughout the week. Students should check Google Classroom and their email for the schedule and Meet link.
Students should also be practicing their sheet music at home as much as possible.

East Union Lesson Plans

3rd/4th GRADE MUSIC- 
Rhythm recognition- flashcards and Mystery Rhythms (quarter note, quarter rest, eighth notes, sixteenth notes)
Pitch recognition (treble clef note names, lines and spaces of the staff)- practice worksheets and websites
Composer Studies
Listening Activities

Beginner Strings- 
Students will be playing exercises and songs in our book (Sound Innovations for Strings) Pages 5-24. They will learn the 4 open strings, notes on the D and A strings, and basic rhythms. Practice goal is 100 minutes per week. During Remote Learning weeks, their lessons are held via Google Meet on the regular day/time of their lesson. Students should check my Google Classroom for the calendar, schedule, and Google Meet link (which is also in their email).

Advanced Strings-
Students will be playing exercises and songs in our book (Sound Innovations for Strings) Pages 33-46. They will learn notes on all four strings, new rhythms, and reinforce proper bow technique.  Practice goal is 100 minutes per week. During Remote Learning weeks, their lessons are held via Google Meet on the regular day/time of their lesson. Students should check my Google Classroom for the calendar, schedule, and Google Meet link (which is also in their email). 



Contact:

Leanne Scholl
Teacher, Grade 3-12
Music/Strings/Chorus
 
(724) 265-5300 ext. 2102

Office Hours:

I am on the secondary time schedule (8:00-3:45).  I travel between the Middle School, High School, and East Union daily. The best way to reach me is via email.
 

At Deer Lakes Since:

1999

Credentials:

Education:
 
Duquesne University, Bachelor of Science in Music Education  1999
PA Certified in Music K-12, Instructional Level II