About Kitamura...
Position: Band/Yearbook
Room: 25
Phone: (480) 224-3965
Email: Kitamura

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My Education and Professional Background

I am an alumnus of Chandler High School and attended Arizona State University, earning a Bachelor of Music in Instrumental Music. I earned her Master of Education in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University. I have taught band, orchestra, and general music, grades K-12. I have spent most of my 28 years teaching at the high school level. Over the course of her career, I have served as Vice President of the Arizona Band and Orchestra Directors Association, as well as Treasurer and Vice President on the Arizona Music Educators Association executive board. I received the Excellence in Teaching Award from the Arizona Music Educator’s Association and was named the KNIX/Fulton Homes Arizona Teacher of the Year.

My Educational Philosophy

To teach and learn about music; to recognize it as one of the most basic human activities and to improve our understanding of all types of music to the highest levels possible; to learn to appreciate the most meaningful and profound music as a means of both building character and connecting with the best part of the human spirit; to learn to perform for our own pleasure and the pleasure of our audiences; to make good music of all styles a part of our lives; to teach and learn responsibility, integrity, dependability and loyalty; to teach and learn teamwork, how to be both a good leader and a loyal and effective follower; to enjoy doing it all, realizing that accomplishment is the greatest joy.

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