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Concerts, Grades, & Lessons

2023-2024 DATES
  • 5th Grade Annual Choral Festival: Tuesday, September 25, 3:45 - 8:00 PM, Middle School North gym (optional)
    • Morning practices for the Festival: September 5, 7, 14, 19 (8:00 AM, music room)
  • 1st Grade Fall Concert: Tuesday, November 14, 7:00 PM, PGE gym
  • Pride Choir & Panther Percussion Winter Concert: Thursday, December 7, 7:00 PM, PGE gym (extra-curricular for 2nd-5th graders)
  • Annual Talent Show: Thursday, January 25, 7:00 PM, PGE gym (auditioned extra-curricular for K-5th graders)
  • 5th Gr Orchestra/Band/Choir Concert Field Trip: Tuesday, February 13, 10:00 – 11:30 AM
  • 3rd Grade Spring Concert: Tuesday, March 12, 7:00 PM, PGE gym

Mr. Newsham's Autobiography:

Mr. Newsham graduated in 2000 from Olivet Nazarene University with a B.S. in Music Education. In 2005, he graduated from Indiana University with a Masters in Music Technology. With membership in the Indiana Music Educators Association and the Indiana Orff Schulwerk Association, Mr. Newsham is now in his 20th year at Pleasant Grove Elementary teaching K-5 General Music. Mr. Newsham has been married to his lovely bride for 22 years and has three children in grades 10, 9, and 7. In his spare time, he enjoys woodworking, hiking, reading autobiographies, shopping at Menards, collecting music (especially Broadway)!
Music Schedule
2Hour Delay Wednesday Regular DAY 1 DAY 2 DAY 3 DAY 4 DAY 5
1:15-1:45 9:05-9:50 9:15-10:05 Herring Ess. Skills Iszler Hollars Anderson
11:45-12:15 9:55-10:40 10:10-11:00 Hassett Fields Hunter Clark Wilson
11:10-11:40 10:45-11:30 11:05-11:55   Webb Rorwick Reiss Clancy
12:15-1:15 11:30-12:15 12:00-12:30 LUNCH LUNCH LUNCH LUNCH LUNCH
1:50-2:20 12:15-1:00 12:30-1:20 Robinson Burks Smith Piatt Chudyk
2:25-2:55 1:05-1:50 1:25-2:15 Paterek Raftery Romo Hamm Beasley
3:00-3:30 1:55-2:40 2:20-3:10 Trammell Wooton Nikou Nussbaum  Winkelmann
Quarterly Grade Explanations:


Students earn an S+ by applying and utilizing concepts and skills with independence.  A student earning an S+ independently uses and applies knowledge in ways that demonstrate higher level thinking skills. Typically, a few students perform at this level, achieving above and beyond expectations. 


Students earning an S demonstrate understanding of grade level skills and concepts and require minimal support. An S throughout the school year indicates strong, excellent work at grade level. This mark is the GOAL for the grade level and should be celebrated. These grades are NOT equivalent to A B C D or F. 


Students earning an S- are developing and progressing toward basic understanding of grade level concepts and skills with assistance. A student earning an S- has not yet met the standards but is progressing toward achieving skills and learning grade level concepts. Moderate support from teachers, parents, and/or peers is needed. An S- indicates ongoing growth and progress with modest gains. 


Students earning a U show an emerging awareness of concepts and skills. A student earning a U is currently not meeting the grade level standards. The student demonstrates an inconsistent understanding and application of knowledge. Intervention is needed from teachers and parents. 


Private Lessons and Children's Choirs in the Greenwood/South Indy area

Christ Church Cathedral Boys Choir age 7-11 boys 317-636-4577
Midwest School of Music all instruments, voice 317-849-9770
Guitar Works all instruments, voice 317-885-1510
Jeff Triwedi electric/bass/acoustic guitar 317-412-4623      
Indy Young Singers gr 2-12 choirs 317-882-4433
Indianapolis Children's Choir gr 1-12 choirs 317-940-9640
Young Voices of Indianapolis gr K-12 choirs 317-926-0425 x302
Piano Parlor piano 317-881-6285
Janette Morgan piano 317-882-5936
Sharon Newton piano 317-784-2311
Janet Huff piano, voice 317-882-4433  
Cecilia McNeal piano, voice 317-340-7893
Rebekah Jones Piano, Voice, Clarinet & Flute 317-670-8115
Indianapolis Academy of Music violin, viola, cello 317-251-4634
Doug Redmond gtr, pno, bass gtr, drums, uke, voice 317-709-4330
Yana Weinstein voice, piano 614-537-9427
Karin Brown piano 317-374-3397
Hauser Music Academy at St. John's UCC piano, voice, guitar, violin, flute 317-881-2353

Carol Phipps piano violin 317-667-3332