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They Have Noisemakers! Classroom Management for Music Educators

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  • Student engagement is an essential component of the string teacher’s job description. Keep students excited throughout your entire rehearsal with invigorating ideas from an innovative string teacher. Leave Midwest ready to build an electrifying classroom bursting with engaged and motivated musicians who can’t wait to return to your room!
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  • Angela Ammerman, referred to by the Washington Post as the first “music teacher prodigy,” is the Director of Music Education and Orchestras at the University of Tennessee at Martin. Ammerman earned Music Education degrees from the University of Cincinnati: College-Conservatory of Music, Boston University, and she was the very first PhD in Music Education to graduate from George Mason University. Recognized as FCPS’ Top Teacher in 2017, Dr. Ammerman attributes much of her success to her musical upbringing. Recognized by the Virginia House of Delegates in 2016 for her dedication to instilling a life-long passion for music in all of her students, Angela Ammerman diligently works to now pass along these teaching and mentorship qualities to her own Music Education students. In 2016, Dr. Ammerman was named the Virginia Orchestra Director of the Year in 2016, was a finalist for the Fairfax County Public Schools’ Teacher of the Year and Washington Post Teacher of the Year, and was also a finalist for the University of Tennessee at Martin Advisor of the Year in 2018. Dr. Ammerman recently completed a chapter for the upcoming book: Rehearsing the Middle School Orchestra and is hard at work on what she hopes to be her next publication: The Hook Book: Mindset Mapping from Minute 1. Ammerman is a passionate and dedicated music education professor and music educator and is in high demand as a guest conductor, speaker, and clinician for sessions and workshops at local, state, national, and international conferences and in-services. Dr. Ammerman is known for an emphasis on play-based learning, humor, a unique style, and for the creation of the first ever Future Music Educators Camp as well as her Music Education Podcast: #MusicEdLove.