|Position:||Elementary General Music Teacher|
My name is Barbara Dethlefsen and I am thrilled to be the music teacher at Santan Elementary School!! I have been teaching music in Chandler since 2008. I have taught music in Michigan as well and have over 22 years of experience. 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 teaching your children!
My Education and Professional Background
I have a B.A. In Music Education and Music Therapy from Michigan State University. I am certified at Levels I and II In the Orff Schulwerk Approach. I have 23 years combined teaching experience in both Michigan and Arizona.
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.
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