Degrees and Certifications:
K-12 Music Teaching Degree Bachelor of Science - Marketing MBA - Master of Business Administration
Mrs. Linda Bowen
Music has profoundly impacted my life. Playing a musical instrument requires dedication, discipline and opens doors to a wonderful community of like-minded individuals who are equally passionate about music. I encourage all students to participate in a performing art class, whether it be orchestra, band or choir. There is a plethora of research that explains how music stimulates the right and left brain and helps students be more successful in school. Our district recognizes the importantance of the arts and has a variety of musical classes that students can choose from throughout their academic career in District 11. In my opinion, the D11 string program is one of the crown jewels of our performing arts classes.
At Jenkins Middle School, I have the pleasure of working with talented orchestra students in 6th-8th grades. I set high standards for my students, and delight in seeing students meet and, often, exceed, my highest expectations. Additionally, our administrative staff is extremely supportive of the performing arts, and offers a variety of classes from which students can choose.
I look forward to another wonderful year of teaching orchestra at Jenkins Middle School.
Parents and Guardians,
Due date to order T-Shirts for 6th grade orchestra students and polo shirts for 7th and 8th grade orchestra students is coming up fast - Wednesday, September 4th, 2019. The shirts are worn during our concerts, music festivals, and any time that orchestra class is performing. The performing arts department only orders these shirts once during the year.
T-shirt fees are $10.00 and polo shirts are $20.00. These fees can be paid by cash, check (made payable to District 11) or 'myschoolbucks.' There is a service fee for using the online method of paying.
In advance, I greatly appreciate your getting the T-Shirts and Polo shirt fees paid on time.
Our first orchestra concert is Wednesday, October 9th. Please encourage your orchestra student to practice in preparation which helps set them up for success! Students should practice a minimum of 30 minutes, 5 times per week.
Concert attire is Jenkins Music shirts, dark pant and dark shoes. The 6th graders wear the Jenkins Music T-shirt and the 7th-8th graders wear the Jenkins Music Polo Shirt.
We, typically, have four concerts during the school year. Additionally advanced orchestra students get to participate in district music festivals. Dates of our concerts follow:
Wednesday, October 9th, 2019
Thursday, December 12th, 2019
Thursday, March 5th, 2020
Tuesday, May 12th, 2020
Elitch Gardens Music festival for advanced orchestra students: Saturday, May 16th, 2020