Mrs. Hayes with the LINCS 5th Grade performing at WI State Music Conference in Madison.
Why Whitewater? Whitewater is the perfect place to raise a family - a small town feel where people care about you with a multicultural population. My family can walk and bike everywhere! The cultural opportunities provided by the university allow our family to enjoy great affordable concerts and shows without leaving town! And did I mention that the schools are great? My daughter is a Lincoln graduate!
LINCS Music Classes Every minute is a thrill in LINCS music classes and an important part of each child's education at LINCS. Children come first! We are creative and express our feelings through music! Where else can you take part in world drumming, guitar, recorder, composition and sing in many languages? Choir is offered in 5th grade where almost every child participates. World Drumming Ensemble is also available in 5th grade as well as Mariachi Band for orchestra students. We strive to integrate curricular goals in our music curriculum including science, mathematics, social studies, language arts and the other art forms.
What about Mrs. Hayes? I LOVE teaching music to children and I work to stretch myself as a teacher everyday! I was nominated to be trained as a Kennedy Center Arts Integration Teaching Artist and attended training last summer. Lincoln is a Kennedy Center Arts integration school. Three summers ago I had the educational trip of a lifetime - I studied drumming and dance in Ghana for 3 weeks! It is exciting to pass on this beautiful culture to our LINCS students. I am the past-chair of the National Council for General Music Education and was on the writing team for the National Common Core Music Standards published 2015 and the Wisconsin WMEA Music Standards for 2017. I have been honored as the recipient of the 2016 "Excellence in Music Education Award" from the Madison Symphony Orchestra, the 2014 "Creative Sparks in Music Education Award" from the Wisconsin Music Educators Association and the 2007 "Wisconsin Teacher of the Year" sponsored by Wal-Mart and Phi Delta Kappa International. Lincoln received $11,000 in grant money for this award. In 2008 I also received a Kohl Teacher Fellowship for $1,000 which I used in 2009 for an educational trip to Mexico where I learned more about the music, culture and history of many of our LINCS families.
My educational background includes a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Central Michigan University and a Master of Music degree from Northwestern University. I am a past-president of the Wisconsin Music Educators Association and served on the writing committees for the Wisconsin State Music Curriculum and State Music Standards. This is my 22nd year at LINCS, where I love working with amazing children everyday!
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