I've taught K-6 general music and band for 7 years in the same district. I've been split between schools, moved to different schools in the district- you name it! Last year, our 6th graders moved to the middle school and I taught k-5 general music, choir and band in one school.
I am an instrumentalist who always thought I would teach middle school band. When I graduated, it was the onset of the recession and I took what I could get: Elementary General Music. Let me tell you, I was thoroughly unprepared for this job (Luckily my student teaching was in a fantastic school). Bottom line: I am not a general music master, but I love it more and more every year. I try to blend Orff and Kodaly as best I can. My goal is that my students enjoy music class and become musically literate. I use recorders, ukuleles, keyboards, singing, dancing, and games to achieve this.
I am honored to be a mentor teacher for Insignio Labs and I'm grateful that they find my input helpful and not annoying. If you are a general music teacher and haven't used Flute Master or Rhythmic Village, I highly recommend it! In 2008, I graduated Cum Laude from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. There I also received scholarships for Flute, and an Undergraduate Assistantship.
I completed my masters in Curriculum and Instruction and ESL endorsement from National Louis University in Chicago in 2017. I became certified in TESOL in 2016 . I received my Bachelors in Instrumental Music Education in 2008, I am working on my Masters in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in ESL and should finish in May 2017. I would also like to get Orff and Kodaly certifications. I studied Music History, Austrian Culture, and Music Theory abroad in Salzburg, Austria in 2007
I perform with the Joliet Symphony Orchestra. I started out in the Flute section- with my primary instrument, then moved over to the cello section to challenge myself and to help fill out the section. It has been challenging and rewarding!