GRACE ZIHLMAN shares her love for music

“I think music in itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we’re from, everyone loves music,” singer and songwriter Billy Joel once said.

While students are at home with schools closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Ogden’s K-5 general music and fifth grade band teacher Grace Zihlman encourages them to enjoy a variety of activities each day, from getting some fresh air to listening to Mozart and Beethoven.

“There are a lot of good resources for online dances you can learn to music to get up and get moving,” Zihlman said. “Use as many parts of your brain as possible.”

If you have an instrument at home, practice it to keep busy.

If you have internet access, there are many great websites with fun activities available. Band kids may enjoy free subscriptions currently offered at www. Parents looking for a way to get their kids moving can visit for some fun dances.

Grace Zihlman started working as a teacher in Ogden this fall after hearing awesome things about the school’s music program and the community.

A highlight of this school year was the winter K-5 concert in December.

“It was a lot of fun putting that together and seeing the community show up … to support the music program,” Zihlman said.

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