Hello everyone! Today I'm teaming up with a group of some fantastic music educators for a blog hop! We've joined forces as a blog tribe with a common goal of sharing our views and experiences with various approaches and methodologies and starting a community-wide conversation to learn and grow from each other.
Before getting deep into topics and discussions, we thought it might be fun to do a blog hop so you can get to know us and we can get to know YOU! Each participating teacher has answered two basic questions plus on individual question. As you hop from one blog to the next, be sure to comment with your answer to each questions so we can learn more about you. At the end of the hop, you can enter to win a prize! It's our way of saying "thank you for stopping by".
What state/region are you in?I currently live and teach in Raleigh, NC, but I grew up in rural upstate NY. Although I won't be leaving the south anytime soon (my husband is from here) NY will always be my home!
What is your background education/experience?I graduated in 2009 from Westminster Choir College with a B.M. in Music Education, concentration in voice. Some of my greatest memories are from my experiences there! I came from a very musical family and was always involved in musical activities. I took piano lessons, sang in the church choir, and participated in band and chorus starting in 4th grade. Despite my involvement in all things music, I never considered it as a career. (I actually want to be an archeologist!) It wasn't until a transformative summer spent at choir camp (yes, I just said choir camp. haha) that I realized music was what I wanted to do with my life.
In the fall of 2010 I began teaching K-3 general music at a charter school, but they expanded and moved 3rd grade to another campus. After that first year I taught only K-2, ran an after school music class for 1st and 2nd grade, and gave piano lessons. Last school year I began a new position at a STEAM charter school teaching K-6 general music. This was the inaugural year for the school and I am so excited to build this music program from the ground up! We're going to continue growing up to 8th grade and develop a choir program which I CANNOT wait to start!