Trish Wade

About Me

About Me

My name is Trish Wade, and I have been teaching music for something like 197 years. I started playing violin when I was in the 4th grade, and have been interested in finding the best ways to teach ever since. I started teaching private music lessons when I was 15 years old, and have taught classes in exotic places like Colorado, Mexico, Guatemala and Utah! I have taught for many years at Jackson Elementary in a special intensive music program for all students, and as a founding BTS specialist. I received a Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Music Education, and Master of Music all from the University of Colorado in Boulder. It has been my life long passion to experiment and discover better and easier ways for students to learn to play violin and other string instruments. I love teaching. I love kids. I love to see kids learn to use the power of music to bring joy and fulfillment into their lives, and to use music to help other people.

I also love to read, to study history -- especially history of our great country the USA, to travel -- especially to visit our National Parks to learn about important events or people who were there, to hike and camp, to appreciate the beauty of nature and get spiritually refreshed. I love to do activities and to go places with my family, especially my nieces and nephews.




Hi to all you string students! I miss you! I wish I could see your excited faces. I wish I could hear you play.

Office hours for all 3 music teachers are M-F, 1:00 – 2:00 PM. My e-mail address is on this page, right under my picture.

2. I know that some of you do not have your instruments at home. Don’t worry about that. During our last class we had no notice that school was going to close, and it is not your fault. I am asking that you spend about an hour a week doing activities for choir. If you have your instrument home, there are some fun activities for strings included.


Mrs. Alvarez has a Weebly page. Click on the link below for music activities to do at home during the quarantine! It has links to all of the YouTube videos and more. There are pages for Mrs. Alvarez’s classes, Mr. M’s band, and Miss Wade’s strings. Here is the link:

March 17, 2020

Dear 5th and 6th Grade Students and Parents,

During dismissal from school, we, the music teachers, would love for you to continue your music learning! You can do this in many ways. There are lots of online resources available to you. Below are specifics from your teachers that will guide you in your practice if you have instruments at home. Ms. Alvarez has attached a link to her youtube channel, which contains sing alongs, and play alongs for ukulele and violin. Ms. Wade’s violin classes may decide to try the violin play alongs as well for fun. They are almost like a video game.

Our basic guidance is a minimum of 30 minutes a week. Just a little bit a day really helps!

Mrs. Alvarez has also put together a YouTube channel called Ms. Alvarez Music Class. So far it doesn’t have any videos that she has made, but click on playlists and you will find resources for violin play alongs, and violin basics all of our choir songs and other videos tied to them, ukulele play alongs, and more! We will keep adding to the play lists as I find new materials that are interesting and fun to watch and learn from. Here is the link: is hard to find if you enter the channel name in the search bar of YouTube, so try to go through the link.


May 4, 2020

Hello to my wonderful music students. I miss you all and hope you are doing well. This week in music I have an exciting and fun activity for you which should take about 1/2 hour to complete.

You are not going to believe this, but this week I want you to watch a Disney Donald Duck cartoon! Donald Duck in Mathmagic Land covers many reasons to learn Math and shows you many ways math and music are related, and how learning each increases your understanding and ability to do the other. It also shows you some fascinating things about how music is made. When you have watched it, if you have your instrument at home, try playing the things that Donald played. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have.

This is the link

Remember that my office hours are Mon - Fri 1:00 - 2:00. If you have any questions or just want to reach out to me and say "Hi" please email me. I would love to hear from you! I miss you all a lot, and am very disappointed that school ended in such a crazy way.

Some of you will be getting a notice that your instrument is not at school. If you have any questions or concerns about this, please e-mail me directly. Right now music teachers are trying to figure out where all the instruments are. Later in the month you will be asked to return them to school. In the meantime – KEEP PRACTICING!!!

Stay safe and well and happy.

Ms. Wade


May 11 - 15

I still miss you. A lot. I am thinking right now how it would feel to be with you and listen to you play, to enjoy your energy, to watch you help each other, just enjoy the spirit of all of us working together.


Click on this link for the Utah Symphony.

On the dashboard called Choose from Home, click on Musical Scavenger Hunt. The first choice is Beethoven Symphony #5 – Ode to Joy.

Most of you know how to play Ode to Joy. Listen to the YouTube link and do the scavenger hunt.

4. Extra Credit: Do another scavenger hunt, or anything else on this Utah Symphony Education site.

5. Stay well! Do something nice for someone else.

May 18 - 22

I miss you terribly. I miss seeing your smiles. I miss hearing you play. I miss the excitement in your eyes when you master something new and feel so proud of yourselves. I miss just being with you.

This week is the Utah Symphony’s 80th birthday. They are having a special program of music, complete with performances with musicians playing with social distancing! Listen to ½ hour of this program. Hint: the middle is the best. There is an amazing violin solo.

Your biggest assignment is to stay well and look around you every day to find and fell things that make you happy!

Ms Wade



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