Music can change the world. --Beethoven
Because it can change people. --Bono
Welcome, students & families!
Meet the teacher
What a thrill to lead the general music classes at Karen Acres Elementary School! A native of Ottumwa, I hold Bachelor’s degrees in Music Education and Piano Performance from The University of Iowa in Iowa City and a Master of Music Education from The Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University in Bloomington. Musical training in Orff-Schulwerk was completed at the University of Missouri-Kansas City in addition to First Steps in Early Childhood Music and Conversational Solfege studies under Dr. John Feierabend (Hartford, CT).
What we do
During music classes, students work to develop tuneful singing voices and learn to read and write music using notation. In addition, rhythm skills are developed through movement, New England Folk Dancing, and by playing classroom instruments. My passion is to help children become joyful while working with one another to create and express themselves through music.
Info for you
You will find helpful classroom information, opportunities for additional music-making, as well as links to music websites on the right-hand side of this page. It’s going to be a great year!
2019-2020 Karen Acres Concert Dates
November 12, 2019 1st, 2nd, & 3rd Grade Concert 7:00PM UHS Performing Arts Center
April 2, 2020 4th & 5th Grade Concert 7:00 PM UHS Performing Arts Center