Gena Mayo is a homeschooling mom of 8 children. She has always homeschooled her kids, and her oldest two are now in college. She taught for 5 years in the public school system (junior high choir and elementary general music) and has taught early childhood music and movement classes for babies through 7 years old since 1998. In recent years she has also taught private voice lessons, musical theater classes, homeschool co-op music appreciation classes, a high school voice class, and been a musical director for full-length musicals. She has also had extensive performing experience: in musicals, choirs, show choir, opera, and as a contemporary Christian soloist, pianist, and worship team member at church. Gena has a passion for teaching music for all ages and truly enjoys writing curriculum to help others teach their students.
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Gena studied music in college, earning a Bachelors of Music Education degree (choral emphasis) from Baylor University and a Masters of Music in Vocal Pedagogy degree from Texas Women’s University. She is also certified in early childhood music and movement through Musikgarten.
Gena blogs at I Choose Joy! (https://ichoosejoy.org) about her homeschooling and family life and at Music in Our Homeschool (https://musicinourhomeschool.com) where she provides tips and resources homeschoolers and other teachers need to include music in their homeschools and classrooms. Gena's favorite place is her online course site Learn.MusicinOurHomeschool.com where she has full online courses in music and Shakespeare to help all educators include music the easy way! In addition to teaching and writing curriculum, Gena also loves to read and learn, do handcrafts like quilting and crocheting, and travel.
English Language Arts, Specialty, Math, Numbers, Science, Biology, Social Studies - History, U.S. History, World History, Arts & Music, Music, Music Composition, Vocal Music, Instrumental Music, Other (Music), Other (Specialty), Music and Dance, Geography, Life Skills, Character Education, Writing, Holidays/Seasonal, Thanksgiving, Easter, Spring, Handwriting