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    We offer our students a variety of musical experiences at Thornton Creek. Each class has music at least once a week.

    Vocal musicMary K with guitar gifted from Thorton Creek families

    Vocal music teacher Mary K. McNeill has been teaching music in the Seattle Public Schools for two decades. Mary K. is an artist, activist, and storyteller, all of which she uses in her work with students. Her philosophy is to empower children to raise their voices through music: "One of the lines the children sing is that '...we can make a difference/we are the children of the world.'"

    Musical styles covered include American and world folk music, seasonal songs, and activist songs about peace, among other things. "I choose songs that inform us about what it is to be a human being and the range of experiences therein. From goofy to poignant, we sing songs that encourage questioning about what kind of people we are and want to be."

    Contact Mary K. at

    Instrumental music

    Fourth and fifth graders, as well as third-grade violinists with previous private instruction experience (contingent on teacher approval), can take a weekly instrumental music class during school hours. Instruction is provided for cello, clarinet, flute, trombone, trumpet, and violin. Also taught when space is available are alto saxophone, baritone horn, bass clarinet, drum, oboe, and viola.

    Regular home practice is required.

    For more information, email Julia Gendrich at