Burnside Elementary Music Specialist
4th grade students and Mr. Gardner learning choreography as part of a project with VocalEssence.
Welcome to the Burnside Elementary Music department.  I am Mikkel Gardner and have had the pleasure of working in the Red Wing school district for 32 years.  My educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music/Choral Education from St. Olaf College and a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Northern Colorado.  The first 28 years of my career in this district were spent at Red Wing High School as the Choir Conductor. In the fall of 2015, I was given the chance to work at Burnside Elementary as a Music Specialist and have thoroughly enjoyed working with younger students.  I look forward to helping every student in grades 2-4 become excited about music, singing, moving, playing instruments, gaining musical literacy skills, and most importantly having fun!  Please feel free to contact me with any questions via email at or by calling 651-385-4700.

Concert Schedule for 2018-2019
3rd Grade - 11/20-18 - 1:15 PM
4th Grade - 4/30/19 - 6:30 PM

2nd Grade - 5/1/19 - 1:15 PM

The following events are for your students during the school day:
1/?/19 - 3rd Grade works with artists from the Missoula Childrens Theater
2/?/19 - 4th Grade works with a VocalEssence guest artist at Burnside Elementary.
2/25/19 - 4th Grade attends a VocalEssence concert at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis.
5/?/19 - All Burnside students will work with Sowah Menseh in a world drumming and singing experience.