I have been teaching elementary music and band since 2006. I currently teach grades K-6 elementary general music and a 7th grade (Junior High) pop music history elective. I have a Master's Degree in Educational Technology, and love creating fun ways to teach new concepts. I have my level one Orff certification and have taken TI:ME level 1A.
I teach an Orff-based curriculum, but keep it fresh each year with lots of my own ideas. I love to keep the kids guessing and finding new ways to get them excited about making music. My classroom might be considered a state of "controlled chaos," but I wouldn't have it any other way! Please follow this link to find my Facebook page, where you can see what's going on in my classroom and to find out about any new products or special events going on in my store! Hutzel House of Music (Facebook Page)
As a music teacher, we are often overlooked in the day-to-day running of schools, but then showered with accolades after a program well-done. While it certainly does feel wonderful knowing that an audience appreciates a good show, my most treasured moment in teaching came from a fourth grade student many years ago. I use Plank Road Publishing's "Recorder Karate" in my classroom, and he'd mastered all of the songs and had earned his Black Belt. When his uncle passed away suddenly and unexpectedly, this 9 year old child brought his recorder to the funeral and performed "Amazing Grace" from memory in front of the entire gathering. His mom, who had just lost her brother, shared this with me afterwards, and it reminded me why we do what we do. Music is a force more powerful than words. We need to continue to bring a high level of music education to our children so they can experience its power for themselves!
I am a 2001 cum laude graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education. In continuing my education, I have attended many Orff workshops and OMEA clinics, as well as completing my M.Ed. in Educational Technology with a 4.0 GPA from the American College of Education.
I'm busy loving life in Cincinnati, Ohio. I'm married to my wonderfully supportive husband, Louie since 2003. He keeps me going when the going gets tough, which can sometimes happen in the field of music education! We have a beautiful calico cat named Callie. Louie "gets" what this music thing is all about- even though he's a software engineer now, he was raised in Suzuki method violin since the age of four. We love to go out dancing and can't imagine life without music. My favorite color is green, and my favorite holidays are St. Patrick's Day and New Year's Eve! I love sharing my passion for music with students and hope that my products are useful in your classroom!
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