Teaching joyfulness through song and the basics of music theory is the objective of music at Our Lady of the Lake. My teaching philosophy centers around perseverance and learning how to learn. I strive to incorporate student interests into my lessons to engage each child, and encourage classes to persist through challenges. As the music teacher, I devise unique curricula for each grade level for the students:
- Preschool and Prekindergarten: I utilize brain dance, a series of nursery rhymes and activities that follow and reinforce developmental movement patterns. We learn simple songs and explore space through dance.
- Kindergarten through 3rd Grade: I base my music lessons around the Game Plan curriculum. We employ principals of the Orff Schulwerk and Kodaly approach to reading rhythm and melody. We learn nursery rhymes, folk songs, drama games, and dances to create an active and fun classroom.
- 4th Grade: Students act as the liturgical choir for the school. We learn music for mass and other liturgies and through this, children have the opportunity to lead the school in song.
I hold a B.A. in English and German from the University of Portland, and a Masters in Teaching from Western Governors University. When not in the classroom, I can often be found in a dance studio teaching ballet. I love movement and music and I am thrilled for the opportunity to share passions with students at my alma mater. I also enjoy theater, mud-runs with my husband, basketball, and chasing my son outside.