I have been teaching music for 11 years at high achieving charter schools in Denver, CO in low-income communities with a population of 80% or more students who are classified as ELL (English Language Learners). I've worked hard at making music class more ESL friendly. While getting my Master's as a music teacher I never heard much about how to teach to English language learners. With the help of graduate classes at the University of Colorado I have begun developing materials that are ELL friendly. Recently I completed Level 1 training with the World Music Drumming curriculum and will be pursuing my Level I Orff certification this summer.
I emphasize mastery of all musical skills (don't just know a quarter note is a quarter note, tell me how a quarter note works). My students understand why music is an essential subject to know and believe that they can be successful in my class if they work hard. In addition to musical performance, my middle school students normally have a unit focused on music history from classical music to hip-hop. These units bridge social studies and music; I believe it is important for my students to know the stories behind what they are learning how to play. My style is a hybrid of different music methods from Kodaly, Orff, and my own personal experiences in formal orchestra and band settings. I work to keep music fun but also keeping the bar high what my students are expected to accomplish in a school year I have experience teaching in the KIPP schools so in addition to high expectations for academics and character, I keep with me the lessons I learned from KIPP to create a culture of support and respect in the classroom. My students know coming into my class what is expected for their hard work and behavior, the result, successful learning and lots of fun!
None for teaching yet, but if I count the endless cards and drawings I get from my students I'd say I'm doing a pretty good job at what I'm doing.
High School Diploma: Albuquerque Academy, 2002 Bachelors of Arts: General Music with a Conducting Emphasis, Scripps College, 2006 Master of Arts: Curriculum and Instruction with a focus in Urban Education, University of Denver, 2008 License Endorsements: K-12 Music, LDE (Linguistically Diverse Education Familiar with Core Knowledge Program and the KIPP culture
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