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December, 19, 2019
08:30 AM - 09:30 AM


Meeting Room W186


Angela Ammerman

Angela Ammerman

[email protected]

They Have Noisemakers! Classroom Management for Music Educators

Clinic Synopsis:

Student engagement is an essential component of the string teacher’s job description. Keep students engaged and focused throughout your entire rehearsal with invigorating ideas from an innovative string teacher. Leave Midwest ready to build an electrifying classroom bursting with inspired and motivated musicians who can’t wait to return to your room!

Angela Ammerman - Biographical Information

Angela Ammerman has been widely recognized for her innovative and energetic teaching style. Referred to by the Washington Past as the first “music teacher prodigy,” Ammerman has been received awards and recognition from the Virginia America String Teachers Association, Fairfax County Public Schools (Fairfax, Virginia), the Virginia House of Delegates, and the University of Tennessee System. Ammerman is in high demand as a clinician for sessions and workshops at local, state, national, and international conferences and in-services, and has been featured as a guest conductor for All City, All County, and Regional Orchestras in Virginia, Tennessee, Nevada, and North Carolina.

Ammerman earned Music Education degrees from the University of Cincinnati: College-Conservatory of Music, Boston University, and her PhD from George Mason University. Ammerman’s research and experience has laid the groundwork for her philosophy of music education: that Critical Pedagogy provides students with a transformative and synergetic learning environment. Dr. Ammerman loves to guide students toward the realization that music is a culturally valuable activity for everyone's enjoyment; that music is historically relevant, provides a lab for students to apply the scientific method, and is a universal form of self and group expression. 

Dr. Ammerman has dedicated much of her musical career to providing access to quality music education for underserved populations of children in the United States and across the globe. Ammerman was recently recognized for her work in founding a string program for orphaned children in Thailand. Currently, she is working to form a non-profit organization to create and fund similar programs at other children’s homes around the globe. 

Dr. Ammerman’s research has been published in Teaching Music, American String Teachers Journal, Stringendo Publication, and the Fingerboard Publication. She recently contributed a chapter for the book Rehearsing the Middle School Orchestra edited bySandy Goldie,and is currently writing a workbook to help music teachers overcome language barriers in the music classroom. Ammerman is also known for the creation of the first ever Future Music Educators Camp as well as her Music Education Podcast: #MusicEdLove.