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Subject / Grade K-4 Music, 5-6 Band
Room: Band Room
Phone: 883-4312
Email: Chappell
"Music can change the world, because it can change people."
-- Bono

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I’m Merri Chappell, the music/band teacher at Tarwater Elementary. I have been teaching at Tarwater since 1999 and I know what a special school Tarwater is! Teaching music is a rewarding experience and I feel very privileged to work at such an outstanding school. I grew up in Chandler and am now happy to live here with my wonderful husband and two amazing sons. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family, scrapbooking, playing the piano, and cheering on our AZ sports teams.

My Education and Professional Background

I began my career in the Chandler District in 1999, spending my first year teaching as a traveling music/band teacher. I was lucky enough to travel to Tarwater every afternoon that first year and since 2000 I have been fortunate to get to call Tarwater my teaching home! Before becoming a music teacher, I attended Northern Arizona University, where I studied Piano and Clarinet. I graduated from NAU with a Bachelors of Music Degree in Education. Along with teaching my general music and band classes at Tarwater, I also teach the Tarwater Chorus and assist with the Tarwater Drum Club.

My Educational Philosophy

I believe every student has the ability to learn and love music. No matter their skill level, I want all of my students to feel success through music. Music is an integral part of your child’s education at Tarwater, as well as an EXCITING part of their day! Your student’s experiences in music include lots of singing, movement and dance, playing instruments, and listening activities. It is through these kinds of activities that your child will learn about the “Elements of Music”, such as beat, rhythm, and pitch. My desire is for every child to find a love of music that will carry them on into their adult years.

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