Ms. Buffy

The first time I played in band with my seventh grade band I knew that I had found a special place that would challenge me and support me in beautiful ways. I have been playing the trumpet ever since. I currently play as the principle trumpet in a community orchestra as well as in a brass quintet. I play as often as I can in musicals, at weddings, funerals and church services and more. 

I have a music education and a elementary music degree from Augsburg University. I earned my Masters in Music Education from St. Thomas University, but it is the students who teach me the most about how to be an effective teacher. 

I have been teaching band for over 20 years. I taught for 17 years in grades 4-8 in the Hill Murray elementary/middle school program. I taught for 4 years in the Roseville Area School district in the elementary program. This is my 3rd year at Sheridan. I feel I have found a place that supports the students and the band program in a positive way that I have never seen before. I am honored to be able to say that I teach at Sheridan Elementary School!

Band is offered to all of the fourth and fifth graders.  All lessons and rehearsals are during the school day. Instruments and materials are provided by the district and the school, so there is no cost to families. 

Students were introduced to the instruments, allowed to try their top three choices and then picked one to study. Lessons have started and students are beginning their journey as musicians!

If you would like your fourth or fifth grade student to participate in band, but were not able to sign up, please give me a call or send me an email.

Please feel free to call me at 612.668.1133, extension 33326 or email me at 

Practice Expectations

Individual practice is essential to progress. Students are expected to practice outside of lessons and rehearsals. They are encouraged to practice a minimum of 15-20 minutes a day, five days a week. Making practice part of one’s daily routine (if even for 15-20 minutes) is really important not just for muscle development, but also for future musical success, and the likelihood of continuing musical studies.Each student has a practice report that is shown weekly at the time of their lesson. 

Learning to find the time and discipline to practice is part of being a band student.  Feel free to contact me if you would like ideas for practicing.