|Subject / Grade||K-4 Music, 5-6 Band|
|"'Music enhances the education of our children by helping them to make connections and broadening the depth with which they think and feel. If we are to hope for a society of culturally literate people, music must be a vital part of our children's education.'"|
|-- Yo-Yo Ma|
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I'm Merri Chappell, the music and band teacher at Tarwater Elementary and a Tarwater Toro since 1999! I feel privileged to work at such an outstanding school that allows me to share my love of music with our terrific students. I grew up in Chandler and continue to live here with my wonderful husband and our two amazing sons. In my spare time, I enjoy cheering on my boys in marching band (Go ASU Sun Devils and Hamilton Huskies), scrapbooking, playing piano, and rooting for our Arizona DBacks!
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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