I am a choral and general music teacher with more than eight years experience at the elementary, middle school and high school level.
Served on the Board of Directors of AWAKE, Association of Wisconsin Area Kodaly Educators, 2012 to present.
Presented research on using Kodaly teaching strategies in music to increase reading scores in below grade level fourth and fifth-grade readers at the OAKE (Organization of American Kodaly Educators) National Conference in Atlanta, GA, 2014.
Presented research on using Kodaly teaching strategies in music to increase reading scores in below grade level fourth and fifth-grade readers at the WMEA (Wisconsin Music Educators Association) State Conference, 2013.
Organized concert to raise funds for music scholarships, UW-Whitewater, 2009.
General music educator, grades four through eight, using the Kodaly and Orff methodologies to instruct students in music literacy, understanding and application of music concepts, music history, and music performance. Choral music educator, grades six through eight, teaching vocal pedagogy, elements of music, advanced music literacy, music history, and performance technique. Application of the CMP teaching model (Comprehensive Musicianship through Performance) to maximize teaching and learning opportunities within the choral music classroom.
Preparation of students for competitions, including solo and ensemble, Rock River Choral Festival and Music in the Parks.
General music teacher grades four and five. I taught music literacy, elements of music, music history, and performance practice using Kodaly and Orff methodologies. Organized and executed several performances annually, including the annual all-school concert and a flash mob at the Beloit Farmers Market. Partnered with the Rock River Philharmonic and the Beloit Film Festival in Composing Kids, where 5th graders composed music for a short film.
Taught sixth through eighth-grade choir at Oak Creek West Middle School. Taught music literacy, vocal pedagogy, elements of music and performance practice using the CMP (Comprehensive Musicianship Through Performance) teaching model. Prepared students for WSMA Solo and Ensemble, and assisted at the event.
Substitute Choral Director for High School Women's Choir, Mixed Choir, Vocal Jazz and select Concert Choir. Prepared students for WSMA Solo and Ensemble.
Set up elementary general music classroom for new Waukesha STEM Academy. Taught music literacy, elements of music, music history, music concepts and application of music concepts on Orff instruments. Created multidisciplinary lessons in collaboration with classroom teachers that were presented daily during STEAM time. Created and applied written and performance assessments.
Taught classical voice, beginning piano and beginning guitar in a private studio. Vocal pedagogy including vocal production, phonetics, presentation and deportment. Classical repertoire including Italian songs and arias, German lieder and French and English art songs. I also coached students for musical auditions and college auditions. Several students were referred to me by University of Wisconsin Clinics after hard and soft palette surgeries. My beginning piano and guitar students ranged in age from 4 years old to adult, and several had learning disabilities that I was able to navigate successfully.
BS in Music Education with an emphasis in General / Vocal Music. 3.59 GPA. Course work including music theory, conducting, arranging, music history, vocal pedagogy, piano, guitar, private voice, and ensembles. Additional coursework in Applied Vocal Performance and History of Romantic Music. Vocalist for the UWW Jazz Ensemble, Marcellina in 2009 performance of The Marriage of Figaro.
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