My musical background is in flute and recorder. In addition, I play the piano and love to sing. I have an undergraduate degree in Flute and French from Indiana University, Bloomington and a Master's in Music Education from Northern Illinois University. Between my undergraduate degree and my Master's, I spent three years studying flute and baroque flute in France at the Conservatoire National de Region de Strasbourg.
I came to music education in a somewhat roundabout way. My parents are both educators and I was determined to do something different from teaching with my life. I spent a number of years studying music, not knowing where it would take me, but reluctant to embrace teaching. I discovered Orff-Schulwerk in graduate school and within a few hours of my first workshop, I knew with certainty that this kind of teaching was what I wanted to do with my life. From that point on, I was headed on a clear path of music education through Orff-Schulwerk.
I have been lucky enough to work in two excellent school districts which supported and promoted these kinds of music programs. I have been active in my local chapter, the Greater Chicago American Orff-Schulwerk Assocication for over ten years. Visit www.gcaosa.org for more information about the Chicago workshop series. At the national level, I have been a member of AOSA and attended the national conference in various locations across the United States for over ten years as well.
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I look forward to sharing my thoughts and ideas about music education through Orff-Schulwerk through this blog, and particularly my passion for teaching recorder to young people.
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