Your Music Teacher: Ms. Barron

Contact info: or 802 773-0095

I grew up in northwestern Connecticut, where I studied violin from the age of 9. In high school, I played trumpet, French horn, timpani, and glockenspiel in the band (but not all at the same time), and played violin in a community orchestra. While majoring in Studio Art at Williams College, I also sang in the Williams Choral Society and in a student folk quartet. After college, I taught English in Brno, Czech Republic for 8 months before moving to Boston and taking up the fiddle. In 1995, I moved to Vermont to work at Spring Lake Ranch, and eventually became a music teacher via the Peer Review route. I hold a Level II VT educator's license with PK-6 music endorsement and am certified in Orff Level I. In 2011, I also earned a master's degree from St. Michael's College in teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. I am interested in the interplay between music and language learning.

In addition to teaching at Leicester, I teach general and instrumental music at Wells, Middletown Springs, and Tinmouth and run an after-school strings program at Mettawee Community School. I also have a few fiddle students at Green Mountain College and privately. I play fiddle and sing in several bands: Extra Stout, Cold River Band, and Salt River Revue, which perform regularly around Vermont. I also sing in a world music chorus, House Blend, and co-direct the Rutland area hospice chorus, Trillium, singing for terminally ill patients and their families. I occasionally play with the Champlain Philharmonic Orchestra, and I take modern dance classes and perform with Vital Spark North. In my free time, I love to bike, walk, swim, play croquet, do puzzles and origami, play with my cats, go to museums, letterbox, and most of all READ.