Welcome to Music at Apollo!

I teach music to grades 2-5. All students at Apollo receive music instruction twice a week for 30 minutes, and have the opportunity to sing, play instruments, move, dance, create, read, and explore music. 

Practice at home

Click here for lyrics and recordings so you can practice our concert songs at home! 

What's Happening in Music
  • Fall in the Music Room

    It's been a fun and busy fall in the music room! Choir had their first performance at the Veterans Day assembly. The whole school also sang to celebrate our veterans. Fantastic job to all! 5th grade has been working on recorder, and soon we will star...
    • 7 Nov 2019
  • Spring in the music room

    It has been a busy spring! Choir and World Music had a wonderful concert on May 21, as well as a fantastic performance at Liberty HS on May 14. Choir and World Music are both finished for the year. Hope to see you next  year! 2nd graders have be...
    • 29 May 2019
  • Conferences

    I will be here for most of the day during conferences on Wednesday and Thursday (if I am not here, I am out of the building at a meeting). If you have any questions about music or just want to come say "hello," please feel free to stop by the music r...
    • 4 Dec 2018
  • Recorder

    5th graders are having a great time learning recorder! We are doing recorder karate- students will play songs to earn different colored belts. For those that need extra help, are ahead of where we are in class, or want to play their test privately in...
    • 27 Nov 2018
  • November Happenings

    Congratulations to the APOLLO CHOIR on a fantastic performance at the Grand Ridge Tree Lighting! Mrs. Christensen and I are SO proud of how well you sang, and of how well you showed the Rocket Way and represented Apollo!!! 2nd Graders are practicing ...
    • 19 Nov 2018
  • Sound of Music Singalong!

    Liberty High School will be hosting a Sound of Music singalong as a fundraiser for the Liberty Choirs! Find out more HERE- this will be a super fun evening!!
    • 10 Oct 2018
  • The Westerlies Visit Apollo!

    5th graders and Ms. Reuland's 4th grade class got a special visit on September 21 from the professional music group called the Westerlies! We had an amazing time hearing all about the different sounds that trumpets and trombones can make, listen...
    • 25 Sep 2018
  • Logging into Quaver

    If you would like to practice some music games and find recorder resources over the summer, here is how to log into Quaver. Feel free to explore, but I have listed some suggested activities. below! Log into Quaver through Clever:   Login ...
    • 13 Jun 2018
  • June Happenings

    We are wrapping up the year here in the music room! Congrats to our 3rd graders on an amazing job at your pioneer concert! I am very proud of the wonderful singing and dancing you did, as well as your stellar performance behavior. You rocked it!!! I ...
    • 6 Jun 2018
  • May Happenings

    Here's what's happening in the month of May in the music room: Congratulations to our Apollo Choir on an amazing performance at Music Alive! Choir is now done for the year. See you next year! 2nd graders are working on reading and writing Mi,...
    • 30 May 2018
  • Congrats, 2nd grade!

    Congrats, 2nd graders on an amazing concert!! You sang with musicality and heart, and showed fabulous concert etiquette. Way to go! 
    • 26 Feb 2018
  • Winter Break

    Here are some ways you can practice music at home over break: -2nd graders: visit the Apollo Concert Practice page, where you will find lyrics and recordings for our upcoming concerts -5th graders: practice your recorder songs from Book 1 and/or Book...
    • 18 Dec 2017
  • Conferences

    Please feel free to stop by during conferences if you have any questions about what we're doing in music, or just want to say hi!
    • 4 Dec 2017
  • Congrats, Choir!

    Congratulations to the Choir on an amazing performance at the Renton Landing Tree Lighting! Go Rockets!
    • 27 Nov 2017
Music Reading Practice

Here are a few fun ways you can practice at home:

Staff Wars- you can buy the app or download the program for free here: http://www.themusicinteractive.com/

Treble Staff Champion- log into Clever, and you will be able to log into Quaver. Click on Student --> Student Interactives --> Music Theory --> Treble Staff Champion

About Ms. Brinkerhoff

I am very excited to be teaching music here at Apollo! I have always loved music, and began playing the piano when I was 7. In 4th grade, I started playing flute in my elementary school band. I earned my bachelor's of music in performance from Boston University, and my teaching certification from the University of Washington. I also completed all three Levels of my Kodaly certification at Seattle Pacific University, and am passionate about integrating this approach to music teaching. I have taught elementary general music and band in Highline Public Schools and at Seattle Music Partners, and also taught private flute lessons. I continue to perform today, and am a member of the Seattle Philharmonic, where I play flute and piccolo. I love learning new things about music- my latest project is learning to play the banjo!

When not teaching or playing music, I enjoy cooking, hiking, yoga, reading, and spending time with family and friends. My husband teaches band and guitar at Liberty High School, and we have two cats named Iggy and Coco.