Hello and thank you for checking out my Treble Tree Music classroom. I hope to share some of my successes and failures in the classroom to make it a little easier for other music teachers.
I recently retired from my elementary music position but as my principal said to me it is just changing lanes. I am always doing more than one thing at a time.
While teaching I also taught privately and provided a spot for other music teachers to teach privately private lessons.
Traveling around the country.
I grew up in the deserts of California then moved across the country to go to the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York to major in VOCAL PERFORMANCE. I wanted to be a teacher as well but at that time I was not able to do two programs. (I bought my first winter coat but still froze in the New York winter.) After graduation, I moved to Philadelphia to sing and raise a family. I then went back to school at the University of Redlands, California to get my Master of Music and teaching license. Finally, fulfilling my dream be a teacher.
Nothing is easy but everything is worth trying!
As a single mom of 3 sets of twins, going back to work and school was a challenge but it made me more resilient. This life challenge gave me a “never give up” attitude. After getting my master's and teaching license, I taught elementary and middle school music for several years. I wanted to do more in the education of music teachers, so I moved my family to Oregon to work on my doctorate in Music Education at the University of Oregon. Go Ducks! I am married to my best friend, Patrick and we both enjoy our dog, Sam who always makes us smile. We also share seven grandchildren.
I can help!
It was a struggle in my early days of teaching to manage all the pieces and parts of teaching and classroom management. With 7-9 class sections a day and often no passing time, I developed some ways to keep organized and minimize the time it takes to get things done. I hope some of my ideas will help you. Check out my blog for ideas on more classroom organization, lesson planning, classroom management, and music activities.
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