• More Than Just Music
    Research has found that learning music facilitates learning other subjects and enhances skills that children inevitably use in other areas. “A music-rich experience for children of singing, listening and moving is really bringing a very serious benefit to children as they progress into more formal learning,” says Mary Luehrisen, executive director of the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation, a not-for-profit association that promotes the benefits of making music.

    Making music involves more than the voice or fingers playing an instrument; a child learning about music has to tap into multiple skill sets, often simultaneously. For instance, people use their ears and eyes, as well as large and small muscles, says Kenneth Guilmartin, cofounder of Music Together, an early childhood music development program.

    It is going to be a great musical year at Lamar!  Music is a personal expression of our thoughts and feelings.  The Music Room is a safe and fun environment in which students will be encouraged to explore their voice through music theory, history, singing, learning about and playing musical instruments and more.  Enabling students to express themselves creatively helps them to develop not only as young musicians but also socially, emotionally and academically.   

    It is my job as Lamar's music teacher to set the expectations very high; perhaps higher than the students may think they can achieve at first.   Every lesson is based on the National Standards for Music Education.   I commit to walking alongside each student sharing information and experiences to help guide them on their journey.  

About Your Teacher

 About Your Teacher

Phone: 423-753-1130


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About Your Teacher


I grew up just down the road in Morristown, Tennessee.  I am a graduate of the University of Tennessee with a Bachelor of Music degree.  Also, I hold a Master of Arts in Teaching from Tusculum College.  I have spent more than 35 years as a music educator and choral director.  My husband, David, and I live in Greeneville with our youngest daughter, Laura, who is a senior at Greeneville High School.  Our older daughter, Rachel, is a junior at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ. 

I am so excited about the privilege of making music with Lamar students again this year.  I look forward to meeting their families, as well.  Please feel free to contact me anytime!