Meet the Officers
Kate Hagen is a General Music Educator at the Iowa City Community Schools District with over 19 years of teaching experience. She earned her license in Music Therapy from the University of Iowa and MME from the University of Northern Iowa. She has also spent many summers studying a variety of music teaching methods, including Kodály, World Music Drumming, and has successfully completed Levels I, II, and III of Orff-Schulwerk and has recently co-authored a book about incorporating Ukulele into the Orff Music Classroom.
Kari Jo Ruden
Katie currently teaches K-6 Music in Cedar Falls, Iowa. She graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from UW-Madison. Katie has completed two Orff-Schulwerk levels and World Music Drumming 1 from Vandercook College of Music.
Amanda teaches K-6 music at Hansen Elementary in Cedar Falls. She earned her Bachelor's Degree in Music Education at the University of Kansas.
Michelle Droe teaches general music and Chorus to grades K-6 at Lincoln Elementary in Cedar Falls. This marks her 27th year of teaching. She has taught in Colorado, Florida, and Iowa. Droe graduated with a BA in Music Education from Augustana University in Sioux Falls, SD and an MM in Horn Performance from the University of Northern Colorado. She has completed 3 levels of training in the Kodaly Method and has two levels of Orff Training.