Hello & Welcome to the Thornapple Elementary Music Website
My mission as the music teacher to your children is to…Instruct students to become independent music makers through their rich experiences with music stemming from a diverse mix of cultures and/or historical periods. It is my hope that each student develops a deep appreciation and ability to discern what quality music is, so that the art of creating and making music will continue to play an important role throughout their entire life.
I began my music career as a Suzuki Violin Teacher for 4 through 12 year olds while also substitute teaching for the Calvin Christian, Grand Rapids Christian, and Forest Hills Schools. I was hired into Forest Hills as the Central High School Orchestra Director in 2006. I taught 6th grade orchestra at Goodwillie Environmental school during my time at the high school. I really enjoyed the younger grades and moved to Central Woodlands to teach 5th grade general music, 6th grade orchestra, and 6th grade choir. I was most excited when I heard that the position at Thornapple was opening up and jumped at the chance to add Thornapple to my teaching schedule!
Musical Information - Grade level performances each have their own page on this site. You may listen, view, and/or download...
- Musical tracks
- Student Scripts
- Parent Information letters
USEFUL LINKS - From this page there are several links to music experiences for your student outside of the school environment: private music instruction, theatre classes, local choirs etc...
MUSIC EVENTS CALENDAR - I do my best to keep the calendar up to date. If you see a mistake or something I neglected to add, please email me so that I can get the event posted as soon as possible.