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Clarinet

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

I have 15 years of teaching experience, a bachelor's degree in music education, and I am working on my master's degree in music education right now. I am a full-time music teacher, and I received the "Teacher of the Year" award in my school last year and was therefore nominated for Colorado Teacher of the Year. Teaching music is my absolute passion in life, and I truly love teaching students of all ages the joys of music. I have taught students from all over the world (I lived and taught overseas in Africa on a hospital ship for 3 years), and I tailor my teaching to match students of all learning abilities and styles.

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Katie delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
2005

I grew up in Colorado Springs actively involved in every musical activity possible! Band, choir, youth symphony, private lessons on 3 instruments. . . I couldn't get enough! It was easy for me to decide on a career path, since I was extremely passionate about music and about children. I attended the University of Northwestern--St. Paul in Minnesota, where I earned my Bachelor of Music Education. I am now working on my Master's of Music Education from Kent State University.

For three years, I taught K-4 general music and 4th/5th grade orchestra in Worthington, MN. I then moved across the globe to teach on the hospital ship the Africa Mercy with the organization Mercy Ships. On board the ship, I taught full-time Kindergarten as well as K-5 music classes. While I lived and taught on the ship, it traveled between the Canary Islands, the Republic of Congo, South Africa, and Madagascar. I absolutely loved being a part of this amazing organization and teaching the incredible students from all over the world.

After 3 years abroad, I moved back to Colorado Springs and I am thrilled to be finishing my third year teaching full-time elementary classroom music. I am very excited to be back in the beautiful place where I grew up, and to spend time with my wonderful family who live in Colorado Springs and Denver.

When I teach, I strive to create a warm, caring, and exciting environment that students look forward to attending. I truly enjoy igniting a love and appreciation for music in my students, and transferring my musical passion to them as much as possible! I hope to see every student's eyes light up with joy as they dive into the wonderful world of music with me.

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Experience

K-5 Elementary Music Teacher
Jul 2016 - Present
El Paso District 49

I teach 12 classes of elementary music classes a day, plus a 90-student choir before school twice a week! I do many music performances throughout the year, and I also offer extracurricular music classes as well.

Kindergarten Teacher and K-5 Music Teacher
Jun 2013 - Jun 2016
Mercy Ships

I taught full-time Kindergarten and elementary music for three years aboard a hospital ship in Africa. We sailed to the Canary Islands, Congo, South Africa, and Madagascar while I was onboard. An amazing experience!

Orchestra and Elementary General Music Teacher
Aug 2010 - May 2013
Worthington School District

I taught 4th and 5th grade orchestra along with K-4 general music in southwest Minnesota. It was a wonderful experience!

Private Lesson Instructor
Sep 2005 - Dec 2009
Academy of Music

I taught private clarinet, piano, and violin lessons to students of all ages while I attended university.


Education

Master's of Music Education
Jan 2019 - Present
Kent State University
Bachelor's Degree in Music Education
Aug 2005 - Dec 2009
University of Northwestern--St. Paul

Certifications

Colorado Teaching License K-12 Instrumental Music
Jul 2017
Colorado Department of Education

I was certified in Minnesota before moving to CO.

Awards

Teacher of the Year
May 2018
Ridgeview Elementary School

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