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Castle Pines

Elementary Music (K-5)

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Elementary Music at Castle Pines 


Welcome to music at American Academy!


My name is Amanda Rusten and I am ecstatic to be leading your child's musical experience at the Castle Pines campus of American Academy. In a normal world, I look forward to many fun adventures with students as we sing, dance, compose songs, play instruments, and learn about the music in the world around us! I strive to provide a multitude of musical experiences to encourage students to develop unique and positive connections to their music education in addition to meeting age appropriate aesthetic, expressive, creative, and conceptual (theory) standards.


In the current COVID world, I will continue to work hard to provide the best music experiences (both remote and in-person) for our students at American Academy. To start the year, I will be acting as a Remote Facilitator for all specials for grades 3-5th for all remote learners from Lincoln Meadows, Motsenbocker, and Castle Pines. In my place in the classroom will be the most wonderful Ms. Meredith Ham. You may know Ms. Ham because, not only is she an AA Alumni, but she has done a fabulous job working with AA students in various musicals and performing arts summer camps. 


Students who want to pursue their musical interest in more depth can still join one of our wonderful extra-curricular performing arts classes including (but not limited to) dance, theater, choir, band, and orchestra (please note: some extracurriculars are not commencing at the beginning of the school year due to the complexities with COVID-19 safety measures). 


If you have ANY questions please email me at