Subject(s): Music , Music Theory, Voice , Piano, Music History, Music Methods, Higher Education, Online Learning
Grade(s): Middle School / 9 / 10 / 11 / 12 / College
I completed my undergraduate work at West Liberty University earning my
Bachelors’ degree in 2009 where my focus was choral and vocal music education and a Masters degree in vocal performance from MarshallUniversity in 2011. I completed a certification in adult learning from Capella University in 2013.. I serve as an adjudicator for WV region VI solo and ensemble festivals and maintain professional memberships in National Association of Teachers of singing ( NATS), National association for
the study and performance of African American Music, (NSPAAM) National association for music education (NAfME), and American Choral directors association ( ACDA).
My research interests include African American spirituals and art songs,
and vocal pedagogy for those with sensory disabilities.
I am the voice teacher and choir director of Braille Beats; a 7-10 day
Fine Arts Intensive Camp in Lapeer MI for Blind and Visually Impaired
students ages 9- Adult with an interest in the fine arts. There I also teach Secondary and Post-Secondary music theory.
I am enrolled in the Master's of Education in curriculum and instruction with an empathize on methods and curriculum at Concordia University. I would like to become a more effective teacher with both my K-12 and adult students and my dream job is to teach at the collegiate level. I've been to many different colleges, I wanted to obtain my teaching certification in Music and Special Ed but I am finding that difficult now with funding cuts and there are not many alternative routes to teaching certification anymore. I call myself a "freelance" teacher because I go where I am called. I usually end up going into classrooms that are Pre-K through adult and doing various workshops on music topics or doing clinics with bands, and choirs or music classes. I also do a lot of mentoring for those looking to go into music. I've taught MOOCS ( Massive open online courses ) on various music topics as well as music appreciation. I am hoping and praying one day to have my own classroom either in a school district or at the college level.
I am a voice teacher, music clinician and performer.I live with my husband Don and my three fur babies ( cats) Lilla, Skye and Harmony. We are currently living in West Virginia but will be making a move to Michigan very soon.
Bill Nye is a man with a mission: to foster a scientifically literate society by helping people everywhere understand and appreciate the science that makes our world work. Nye has spent the past 20 years educating students young and old about science and understands the importance of keeping minds active after the last school bell rings. “Learning can happen anywhere and at anytime – the important thing is that it should never stop,” Nye said. “We’ve put together fun, free and easy activities that will make this the summer of learning versus the summer filled with the dreaded words ‘I’m bored.’ ” AN EARLY KNACK FOR HOW THINGS WORK Making science entertaining and accessible is something Bill has done most of his life. Growing up in Washington, D.C., he spent afternoons and summers de-mystifying math for his classmates. While working for Boeing in Seattle, Bill combined his love of science with his flair for comedy. After winning a Steve Martin look-alike contest, he became an engineer by day and a stand-up comic by night. Eventually, Bill made the transition to comedy writer and performer on Seattle’s home-grown ensemble comedy show “Almost Live.” This is where “Bill Nye the Science Guy®” was born. The 18-time Emmy Award-winning show appeared before Saturday Night Live and later on Comedy Central. During this time, he also wrote five kids’ books about science, including his latest title, “Bill Nye’s Great Big Book of Tiny Germs.” BROADENING HIS MISSION Bill’s passion for math and science translated into a love of space. His role as CEO of The Planetary Society, the world’s large space interest organization, has taken him across the globe. And one thing Bill is very proud of is the MarsDials, two sundials on residing on Mars he created with Cornell scientists. America’s favorite stand-up scientist hasn’t changed much from that kid growing up in Washington, DC. He still rides his bike to work. He’ll pull out his Periodic Table of the Elements from his wallet. And his drive for helping others understand science is as strong as ever.