Thank you for visiting my 5th and 6th grade Orchestra page. I am happy that I have the opportunity of working with your child this year. I began playing the violin when I was in elementary school and it has been such a positive influence in my life - It is my hope that music will be the same wonderful experience for my students as well. Since high school, I have played semi-professionally in various styles of music including symphony orchestra, mariachi, and experimental rock settings.
My Education and Professional Background
2019-2020 marks my first year in the CUSD Instrumental Music department. Previous to this year, my most experience includes teaching 6th grade CATS (CUSD's gifted program) from 2006 through 2019 at both Santan and Hull Elementary schools. During that time, I have played with both the Chandler and Gilbert symphonies and maintained a private violin and piano at-home studio. Before moving to Arizona in 2005, I also taught in the states of New Mexico and Texas where I received my BS degree in Multidisciplinary Studies in 1996 along with a minor in Music Education. I consider myself fortunate to be able to work in both fields of study!
My Educational Philosophy
As an educator, I believe my most important job is to make school a safe and inviting environment for students. It is only then that students are able to learn... I also think that parents are an important part of our learning team and hope that we will do what we can to make orchestra a great experience for their children.
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