Welcome to the Aspen Elementary School Music Website!

     "Teach music and singing at school in such a way that it is not a torture but a joy for the pupil; instill a thirst for finer music in him, a thirst which will last for a lifetime."
    --Zoltán Kodály, composer and music educator


     Please click here to see a brief slideshow about the AES music program, music/brain research, things you can do with your child at home to further his/her music education, and information about private lessons and community resources.


    The AES music program engages students in a variety of musical activities which are designed to develop their musical “intelligence” while enhancing and supporting the academic curriculum. Our program is based on the Kodály music education methodology. Our program is aligned with the Colorado State music standards, and also enhances 21st century skills with critical thinking, collaboration and creativity.

    Students will develop rhythmic and melodic literacy, including performing, reading and writing these concepts. They demonstrate this literacy through singing and playing instruments, developing abilities that will enable them to continue on the musical instrument (including voice) of their choice in middle school and high school. Students develop mastery of reading, writing and performing age-appropriate music in our program.

    Singing is an extremely important part of the music curriculum. The Kodály philosophy believes that since we all have a voice, it should be developed as our primary instrument. All students can learn to sing in tune, in their head voice, so that everyone can be comfortable using their voice to be tuneful singers.

    All children attend music class for 30 minutes every three days. Your child will be an active participant in the Colorado State Music Standards, which include singing (alone and with others), playing instruments (alone and with others), creating music, listening and evaluating music (including the correct use of vocabulary), and relating music to various historical and cultural traditions.

Phone: (970) 925-3760 x3104


Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor of Music Education, University of Colorado-Boulder Masters of Music Education, Colorado State University Kodaly Certification

Marnie White

Marnie White is an Aspen native. I received my bachelor's degree in Music Education from the University of Colorado - Boulder in 2000 and my masters in music education from Colorado State University, along with my international certification in Kodaly Methodology, in 2011.
I taught for one year in Jefferson County, Colorado, before returning to my hometown. I have been teaching in the Aspen School District since 2001. I have taught music and theatre PreK-12, and currently teach music K-4th grade.
I met my wonderful husband, Ted, at CU in the marching band. We have two daughters (Ella and Carlie), two dogs, and a cat. We enjoy hiking, biking, camping, skiing, musical activities, family and food. 
I use the pronouns she/her/hers.