Adjunct Professor, She/her/hers
Elementary general music specialist in California and Washington states with an emphasis on world music and foundational skills and methods for music and general classroom teachers. WMEA clinician and Smithsonian Folkways World Music Workshop director.
In which online degree program do you teach?
In what ways do you connect with online students?
You can contact me by Canvas, Zoom, office hours, weekly videos, email and announcements via Canvas.
What do you want your students to take away from class?
Students will critically analyze and evaluate models of alternative approaches to music education as possibilities for their future teaching and may design their own curriculum for an alternative music education course.
What is the value of an advanced degree in today’s work environment?
Advanced degrees provide opportunities for deeper dives into very specific teaching interests. In my experience, the focus on and work in pedagogies and the foundations of K-12 music education and ethnomusicology have made me a stronger, more confident teacher, mentor and advisor.
What advice would you give to your online students?
Look over the scope of the course at the start so you have an idea of where you’re going and why, as well as what is expected of you. Ask questions and take advantage of opportunities to communicate with your professor. Check your work for spelling/grammar/syntax before submitting it.
Why did you start teaching?
I started teaching because my undergraduate advisor told me that I was born to be a music teacher. I enjoyed my coursework, field experiences and student teaching so much that I followed his advice and have thoroughly enjoyed teaching my entire career.
What is the one book you think everyone should read?
“How to Win Friends and Influence People” by Dale Carnegie
What do you do when you need a laugh?
Call my sister or watch an episode of "Seinfeld."
Tell us something interesting about yourself that your students may not know.
I am happy to be in the 20% of people who really enjoy their job.
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