6 years as an elementary and middle school band and chorus director; 8+ as a general music teacher in public schools
I believe in a process-oriented approach to music education that involves students at all levels of music-making, from planning to creating to directing to performing. I'm also a strong advocate for meaningful, diverse, and joyful musical experiences for all children.
• Featured guest on the podcast HERstory, hosted by Casidy Reed, in a conversation about equity in music education today (summer 2020) • Postgraduate compositional premiere – Innocente ma Curioso performed by the Fort Dodge Symphony Orchestra, Iowa, dir. Joshua Barlage (December 2019) • Alumni Honoree at school district's annual spring concert • Featured New England composer for the 2015 Women Composers Festival of Hartford • Graduated magna cum laude with an honors thesis in composition and theory/analysis • Selected for private composition coaching session with composer Kaija Saariaho • 2 year Music Department prize recipient – Mount Holyoke College • 3 year honoree at state music educators association’s Student Composition Festival
Teaching Certifications: Music, PK-12 – Alternate Route to Certification, Hartford, CT Master of Music, Composition – University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst, MA • Completed two-year teaching assistantship in Music Education Bachelor of Arts, Music, magna cum laude – Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA • Concentrations: Composition, Theory, Voice • Minor: Mathematics
I love good movies, good food, European travel, reading, drawing, staying active, and learning about foreign languages/etymology! Find me on Instagram @ADifferentMusician and at ADifferentMusician.com!
Specialty, Math, Social Studies - History, U.S. History, Arts & Music, Music, Music Composition, Vocal Music, Instrumental Music, Other (Music), Other (Social Studies - History), Holidays/Seasonal, Dance, Women's History Month, Classroom Community