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Capture Attention, Ignite Enthusiasm,
and Inspire Creativity with
Music On the Trail!

Experience the fortitude, persistence, creativity, and ingenuity that the first pioneers displayed as they crossed The Oregon Trail. Sing the songs, create new songs from period literature, play the games, and kick up your heals to the dances that moved them along the trail. Music is interconnected with multi-media and experiential activities to provide a unified focus and holistic understanding of music and its place in the world. Integrated curriculum is utilized from complementary disciplines to meet national standards.

As a nationally certified teacher of music with 30+ years’ experience at all levels, Donna infuses her talent, teaching skill, and vibrant personality to develop a custom-designed interdisciplinary residency for your school and community. All residencies are designed to be lasting experiences with comprehensive on-line exit materials.

Funding: As a rostered artist with Nebraska Arts Council, Humanities NE, South Dakota Arts Council, and Mid-America Arts Alliance, financial support is available. And, extra perks for block booking!

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Here's what people are saying:
  • All 3 school systems in Butler County, NE were so pleased with the excellence of Donna's work during her residencies (3 weeks total) that she was invited back to do a special performance at the Butler County Arts Council Musical Celebration.
    ---Anna Nolan (Covault), Volunteer Administrator of BCAC
  • The Oregon Trail is really fascinating and learning what songs they sang as kids was pretty cool. The Oregon Trail is a big part of music in Nebraska.
    ---Student participant, Scottsbluff, NE
  • I am more of an old-fashion kind of guy and Music on the Trail was just my style!
    ---Student participant, Scottsbluff, NE
  • Donna did such a great job for us at Maxey. Her presentation was artful, educational, multicultural, and fascinating for both children and adults! Her great sense of fun provided inviting activities that included hats, aprons, bandannas, a Courtin' Froggie, some worn out shoes, and a "bumpity bumpity" ride on the Oregon Trail. I highly recommend Donna to your community!
    ---Sylvia Bailey, Music Specialist, Lincoln Public Schools

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