Nine years in private Christian/parochial schools as general music teacher, orchestra director, band director, chorus director, music theater, nontraditional percussion, and praise and worship band. Nine years in public school as elementary general music teacher, chorus teacher, middle school chorus and show choir teacher, and orchestra coach.
Fun, engaging with music so the kids don't even realize they're learning.
Teacher of the Year 2013 Billboard Charted Professional Songwriter (Debut #4, 46 weeks in top ten), professional songwriter and arranger for a variety of corporate and commercial music clients Muzart World Foundation Keynote Speaker at "We Are Hope" Event to reinvigorate and reinstate music education programs in public schools, Director of Muzart's Educational Advisory Committee Grammy Semifinalist Music Education 2014 Music & Arts Top 25 Music Teachers in the US 2016 Keynote speaker Georgia Music Educators Conference 2018 Published author, most recent "Chicken Soup for The Soul - Wonder of Christmas" 2018
Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Education, Western Governors University, 2009 Master of Music Education, Boston University, 2013
Dana is a highly sought after teacher, clinician, and songwriter/author in the Atlanta area. She has an extensive history working for both private Christian/parochial schools as well as public schools. The only thing she hasn't taught is marching band (and you wouldn't want her to!). Throughout the many years of working as an arts educator, she has created a vast collection of interdisciplinary/STEAM based resources perfect for the elementary music classroom, or classroom teachers looking for arts resources for the general classroom to support core content. She has written small musicals, interdisciplinary songs, character education pieces, and SoundStories. In addition, she has a vast collection of choral and beginning orchestra pieces that she will be uploading in the near future. Dana lives in Fayette County, Georgia, with her husband, Mark and her two children. She has recently transitioned from the public school classroom and has opened her private teaching studio, Creative Learning Studios, to focus on the evergrowing need for quality music and arts instruction, to offer classes and music programs for homeschoolers and small schools that cannot afford a full-time music teacher, private lessons, and working with exceptional children (e.g., autism, Aspbergers, visually impaired). She has three dogs, Buddy, Jojo, and her newest puppy Oscar.