(641) 637-4187 2163 135th Street, New Sharon, IA 50207

Music Department

Music, 5-12 Grade

Encouraging an understanding of musical language is the main focus of our Band and Vocal program here at North Mahaska. Students are encouraged to support one another in this community environment and take responsibility for the success of all. Band and Vocal students are taught a variety of techniques using their instruments, scale sheets, laptops, CD’s, and technique books. Improving their intellectual understanding of music so that their execution in performance becomes flawless.  

High School Music


Tara Carrico

Tara Carrico

Very involved here at North Mahaska, Tara Carrico works in a variety of capacities from vocal instruction to student council sponsor. Tara and her husband Travis have been married for over 20 years. Their daughter Jenna is a student at William Penn University and son Jace lost his battle with brain cancer in 2008 at age nine.

Email: carricot@nmwarhawks.org
Phone: 641-637-4187

Bruce Peiffer

Bruce Peiffer

Bruce Peiffer has been teaching music for over 20 years and works consistently to introduce students to a variety of musical styles to improve their performance. Bruce has four children and two grandchildren. His wife, Cyndi works at William Penn University and they both live on an acreage near Oskaloosa.

Email: peifferb@nmwarhawks.org
Phone: 641- 637-4187

Elementary Music


Carolyn Brickley

Bringing the lifelong experience of music to our students at North Mahaska, Carolyn Brickley has been teaching here for over 35 years. She is involved in several local Bands playing the trumpet. When not teaching she enjoys playing the trumpet and working on sewing projects.

E-Mail: brickleyc@nmwarhawks.org
Phone: 641-637-4041