I am in my eleventh year of teaching. In those years, I have taught music to children of all ages, from preschool through high school, and even adults. I have taught classroom music and private lessons. I have taught in rural, urban, and suburban areas. I have worked with students from privileged and underprivileged backgrounds, gifted students, "normal" students, and students with special needs. My concentration is elementary classroom music and children's choir.
I have earned a Master's degree in music education with an emphasis in choral conducting. My main career goal is to share my passion, music, with others. If my students walk away with a love of music, then I have done my job!
When teaching, my focus is always on the child. I care deeply about the human dignity of each child and his or her right to feel cared for, safe, and comfortable in my classroom. Second, I want my students to be happy because they have found something to enjoy. Third, I hope that they are using authentic music skills.
I accomplish the first goal by speaking to children with respectful language, knowing that my words and tone set an example of how adults should speak and how I expect to be spoken to. I accomplish my second goal by designing lessons that are fun and encourage full engagement. I meet my third goal by structuring lessons that use and enhance authentic musical skills.
I have earned the following grants: Target Arts and Culture in Schools Grant, Education Minnesota Foundation Classroom Technology Grant, Venture Fund Grant.
I have earned the following awards: University of St. Thomas New Student Fellowship, Educational Testing Service Praxis II Certificate of Excellence, Hamre Award for Music Advocacy (two-time winner).
Master of Arts in Music Education, Choral concentration, University of St. Thomas 2014.
Bachelor of Music in Music Education, St. Norbert College 2006.
High School Diploma 2002.
I love my job and love to use technology to enhance lessons in a way that adds a level of engagement, never subtracting from the musical learning that my students are already doing. Thank you for visiting and please leave a comment if you download any products so I may continue to improve my offerings!
I would love to hear from you: MrsMartinsMusicRoom@gmail.com
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