|Subject / Grade:||Music|
|"Music can change the world because it can change people."|
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My name is Barbara Dethlefsen and I am thrilled to be the music teacher at Auxier Elementary School!! I have been teaching music in Chandler since 2008. I have taught music in Michigan as well and have been teaching for over 20 years. I have five children and three grandchildren. I am a Michigan State University graduate (Go Spartans!). In my spare time I love to walk, read, play piano, play with my grandchildren and go to music events. I am looking forward to a great year!
My Education and Professional Background
I have a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education and Music Therapy from Michigan State University. I have been a professional keyboardist and accompanist,and private piano teacher. I have also taught band and orchestra. I taken many post graduate classes and attend several music workshops during the year through the Arizona Orff Association.
My Educational Philosophy
An appreciation for music develops beautiful human beings. I believe that all children should have music experiences as young as possible. All can become musically literate as they are language literate. Through various experiences in music; singing, movement, listening and instrument experimentation children will internalize musicianship skills. They will learn about rhythm, melody, harmony, style, dynamics and form. Inner hearing should precede playing music. Children can experience joy and learn cooperation through ensemble playing and singing of music from many genres and cultures. Since music making is a gift of lifetime enjoyment it should be a very important and integral part of a child’s education. As your child’s music teacher, I will strive to provide them with the best possible music experiences to help them enjoy music throughout their life and to hopefully create a more beautiful world in the process.
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