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Tana Christenson has been teaching summer band to students going into fifth grade over the past six weeks. She and fellow instructor Darren Asleson are working with approximately 240 students this summer. The students are learning the very basics, like how to open their cases without spilling contents, fingerings, and posture. Classes have been held at Meadowview Elementary School since June 11.

Farmington Community Education: Young music makers

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Teacher Tana Christenson's summer vacation has been anything but quiet so far, but that's okay. She's spent the first six weeks teaching summer band to students going into fifth grade, and that will go a long way come September.


Christenson and Darren Asleson teach beginning instrumental music to the fifth graders of the Farmington School District. They get a jump start on the school year by working with students through Community Ed during the summer.

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Michelle Leonard
Michelle Leonard joined the Woodbury Bulletin staff in November, 2014, after 14 years covering news for the Bulletin's sister publication, the Farmington Rosemount Independent Town Pages.  Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications: News-Editorial from Mankato State University in 1991. She is an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary Clifford Larson Unit 189 of Farmington, and is the 2014-15 Third District President to the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Minnesota. Michelle is also the volunteer coordinator for the Minnesota Newspaper Museum which is open annually during the Minnesota State Fair. She has earned Minnesota Newspaper Association awards in Investigative Reporting, Local News Coverage, Feature Photography and Column Writing. 
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