♪ ♫ Welcome to Joel School Music with Mrs. Engle ♫ ♪


Mrs. Engle received her Bachelor of Music degree and her Artist Diploma from The Hartt School of Music.  She then earned her Master of Music degree from UConn.  She attended Alternate Route to Certification to fulfill her teaching requirements.  In addition to teaching music at Joel School, Mrs. Engle is a professional cellist and performs regularly with The Nutmeg Symphony Orchestra (principal cellist), Wallingford Symphony Orchestra (assistant principal cellist), Waterbury Symphony Orchestra, and New Britain Symphony Orchestra (principal cellist).  Mrs. Engle is also an accomplished pianist, and teaches both piano and cello lessons from her home in Clinton to students of all ages and abilities.  She has held numerous positions as organist, choir director, children's choir director, and music minister.  Mrs. Engle has appeared as guest soloist with the Farmington Symphony Orchestra and the Concert Chamber Orchestra on piano and with the Bristol Symphony Orchestra and the Nutmeg Symphony Orchestra on cello.

Outside of music, Mrs. Engle is a dedicated student and teacher of Tae Kwon Do, and is a second-degree black belt.  She also writes books for children, leads a monthly children's book critique group, and attends a weekly critique group.

Mrs. Engle is passionate about opera, martial arts, writing, and enjoys playing games and riding roller coasters.

Mrs. Engle's philosophy of teaching music is to encourage each child to do his or her best in all areas of life, to teach the skills that will help students to better understand and appreciate all music and music performances, and to use music as a positive form of expression, not just in the early years of study at Joel School, but as a lifetime skill.  In the classroom, Mrs. Engle's first priority is to keep students safe, both physically and emotionally; her second priority is to help students develop a lifelong love and appreciation for music; and her final priority is to teach students to read and write music, sing their best, play on instruments, evaluate musical performances, make connections between music and other arts, and make connections between music and the world in which the students live.

You can reach Mrs. Engle through the Joel School Office at 860-664-6501, or by e-mail at cengle@clintonpublic.net.