Four local elementary music teachers were recently awarded grants to enhance their classrooms and their personal teaching skills. Deborah Martin, Susan Roberts, Molly Dailey and Amy Daiss were the first recipients of Classroom Development and Professional Development Grants offered by the Rapid City non-profit organization Music Adds Up.
Deborah Martin, who has been teaching for 25 years in the Rapid City area, was awarded a classroom development grant to purchase a new table top xylophone for Meadowbrook. This instrument will provide access for students with physical limitations that prevent them from paying the larger xylophones. As Ms. Martin stated, “Mallet instruments are played in the music classroom at Meadowbrook from September through May. They are wonderful tools to teach many music concepts. This is also an instrument that would be utilized by the entire student body in the event there are no students with special requirements in a particular classroom. The chance to accommodate all students regardless of their situation is an exciting prospect.”
Susan Roberts of Pinedale Elementary has taught for 26 years, including her 9 years at Pinedale. She has also taught music locally at St. Elizabeth Seton, St. Thomas Moore and Zion Lutheran. Ms. Roberts classroom development grant will benefit teachers across the region by significantly adding to the area’s K-8 music library going back over a decade. This purchase will allow area music teachers access to professionally developed accompaniments to a large selection of holiday music.
Molly Dailey is the music teacher at Canyon Lake Elementary and a recipient of both a professional development and classroom development grants. Ms. Dailey will use a small classroom development grant to enhance her ability to teach guitar at Canyon Lake Elementary. As Ms. Dailey wrote, “By giving students access to an instrument that excites and challenges them, we are creating a desire for learning. Many current students already ask for resources that they can study at home, and talk about borrowing a relative’s guitar to practice.” She also recently attended the Technology in Education Conference in Sioux Falls with a Professional Development Grant.
Amy Daiss was awarded a Professional Development Grant that will provide her the opportunity to attend an ORFF Level II workshop this summer. She completed the ORFF Level-1 workshop approximately four years ago and is excited about learning new approaches to challenge advanced students in her classroom. Ms. Daiss teaches at Black Hawk Elementary. She recently returned to the Black Hills, where she grew up, after receiving her BS from Black Hills State University and teaching in Shelby, MT, for four years.