Valentina Mendoza

Valentina M.

Chicago, IL

About Valentina M.

Valentina teaches: Ages 5 and up
Teaching since: 2012
Last sign in: Last week


I hold a degree from VanderCook College of Music. My major instrument is the Bb clarinet. However, striving to be a well-rounded musician, I have also studied and performed on piano, tenor saxophone, Eb clarinet, voice, cello, and percussion throughout my time at VanderCook. As far as teaching experience, I've had opportunities in the field of music education as well as english, reading, and writing. I have run clarinet clinics in Indiana, was the instructor of the St. Anne Grade School Marching Color Guard for three years, taught summer school english, reading, and writing in Chicago for two years, as well as a Music and Art class.

I am excited to hear from you and look forward to helping you achieve success!

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Graduation Picture


Golden Apple Summer Institutes

Jun 2011 - Jun 2015
Golden Apple

2013 - Gwendolyn Brooks Middle School, Oak Park, IL
+ Collaboratively designed and implemented a general music and art curriculum with four other teachers
+ Differentiated instruction by providing various options for each unit to complete the coursework

2012 - Farragut Career Academy, Chicago, IL
+ Developed an English curriculum utilizing formal and informal assessments and evaluations
+ Guided reading groups from 6th grade to 9th grade level
+ Modified curriculum for English Language Learners by simplifying the language and allowing peer collaboration
+ Incorporated student interests into the classroom to connect with their individual passions and culture
+Led the daily Social Emotional Learning segment while adapting the curriculum to relate with their community

2011- National Teacher's Academy, Chicago, IL
+Constructed and executed lessons for summer school courses - reading, math, and writing


May 2012 - May 2015
Westville High School

+ Assessed students on solo and ensemble performances.
+ Provided immediate feedback verbally and utilized the ISSMA Judge Scoring Sheet
+ Coached each student or group for 15min, improving tone, breath support, intonation, posture, musicality, etc.
+ Gained experience improvising lessons and giving instruction

Performance Experience

Aug 2011 - Apr 2015
VanderCook College of Music

Symphonic Band 2011-2015
Bb and Eb Clarinet

Concert Choir 2011-2014

Collegiate Chorale 2014-2015

Jazz Band and Combo 2014-2015
Clarinet and Tenor Saxophone

Clarinet Ensemble 2011-2015
Bb and Eb Clarinet

Philharmonic Orchestra 2012-2015

Percussion Ensemble II 2012-2015
Keyboards and Auxiliary

Junior and Senior Recital 2014-2015
Bb Clarinet, Eb Clarinet, Piano

Marching Colorguard Instructor

Jun 2009 - Jun 2014
St. Anne Grade School

+ Designed a website for 5th-8th grade color guard
+ Incorporated step-by-step videos and still shots for routines and moves
+ Created routines, gathered mp3s of the band, and utilized the new web site to post all resources for students
+ Integrated data driven instruction and collaborative learning


Music Education K-12

Aug 2011 - Dec 2015
VanderCook College of Music

Kankakee Community College

Aug 2010 - Aug 2014

Languages Spoken


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Bachelor of Music Education

Dec 2015
VanderCook College of Music

The BMEd degree program is a comprehensive course of study designed to prepare candidates to become eligible to apply for an Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) Professional Educator License with a Special K-12 Endorsement in Music. A minimum of 138 credit hours is distributed between General Education, Fundamentals and Theory, Professional Education Music Education, and Applied Music. Though candidates declare an instrumental or choral track, all candidates are thoroughly trained in instrumental, choral and general music education.

Upon completion, graduates will have fulfilled all academic requirements necessary to earn the Illinois Professional Educator License with a Special K-12 Endorsement in Music. Candidates must also pass all ISBE teacher certification requirements before completing their degree and becoming certified to teach.


Golden Apple Scholar

Feb 2011
Golden Apple Foundation


National Association for Music Education

Aug 2011

National Association for Music Education (NAfME), among the world’s largest arts education organizations, is the only association that addresses all aspects of music education. NAfME advocates at the local, state, and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents, and administrators; hosts professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers. The Association orchestrates success for millions of students nationwide and has supported music educators at all teaching levels for more than a century.

Since 1907, NAfME has worked to ensure that every student has access to a well-balanced, comprehensive, and high-quality program of music instruction taught by qualified teachers.

National Band Association

Aug 2011

The National Band Association, founded on September 11, 1960, is the largest professional organization for bands in the world. It was organized for the purpose of promoting the musical and educational significance of bands and is dedicated to the attainment of a high level of excellence for bands and band music. NBA is an organization open to anyone and everyone interested in bands, regardless of the length of experience, type of position held, or the specific level at which one works. The membership roster includes men and women from every facet of the band world. NBA is today’s professional organization for band directors, and it stands ready to serve all members of the association through a variety of projects and initiatives.

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