I'm in my 16th year of teaching elementary general music and chorus and have recently found out that I was nominated AND awarded as the Teacher of the Year for my school district!!! I'm floating on cloud 9. I am TEAM certified as a mentor and have trained beginning teachers in our district. I have played piano for 27 years and also have experience providing piano instruction for children and adults. I have been certified in Orff-Schulwerk Level I and have presented well-received workshops: - With a Smile and a Song - Incorporating Technology in the General Music Classroom
Orff-Schulwerk inspired methodology, Kodaly
Awarded the "Newtown Teacher of the Year!" for the 2015-2016 School year. Feeling incredibly honored... Nominated for Grammy Music Educator of the Year Award in 2012. Certified Orff-Schulwerk Level 1. I've had an article Published in Music K-8 Magazine. My school district has been consistently honored as NAMM Top 100 Schools for Music Education. I've been awarded monetary grants to purchase instruments and items for the elementary general music classroom and to receive professional development training.
University of Connecticut - Bachelor of Arts in Music, Bachelor of Science in Education M.A. in Elementary Curriculum and Instruction Orff-Schulwerk Level 1 - UCONN Summer of 2008 SMARTboards for the Elementary General Music Classroom Training at CCSU
In my classroom, students are actively engaged through singing, dancing, moving, playing. My SMARTboard is my new favorite tool for the children to use and explore the world of music. I love to have students learn visually, aurally, and kinesthetically. I enjoy making manipulatives for students to use as they learn to read/write/play music! I feel as if I am bursting with creativity and can't wait to see what I come up with next to share with all of you wonderful educators out there. Remember to take the time to realize why you do what you do....for the kids. Let's continue to make a difference for them in this ever-changing and challenging world. "Be nice to each other. It's really all that matters." Dawn Hochsprung
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