Phenomenal Women Influencing SoCal Music Education Lecture Series
October 10, 2017 @ 8:00pm in UMC-C205 Lynn Kleiner, Music Rhapsody Music Rhapsody: Orff and Early Childhood
Lynn Kleiner, an internationally recognized leader in music education, is the founder and director of Music Rhapsody—a music school that incorporates Orff practices in teaching infants through teens. Lynn will be presenting her work in an interactive presentation for music education students.
October 11, 2017 @ 7:00pm in UMC-C200 Anne Fennell, M.Ed., Mission Vista High School IN-ovations in Music Education
Anne Fennell, a Grammy Music Educator finalist, is the Instrumental and Music Composition Teacher Leader for the Performing Arts Department at Mission Vista High School (CA) as well as the Innovations Chair for California Music Educators Association and the National Association for Music Education. She will be embracing the meaning of "Music for All" with music education students.
November 14, 2017 @ 7:00pm in UMC-C205 Judy Lewis, Ed.D., USC Thornton School of Music Popular Music in the Elementary School Class
About Lynn Kleiner
Lynn Kleiner, an internationally recognized leader in music education, has been teaching since 1978. She is the founder and director of Music Rhapsody, a music school teaching thousands of children, infants through teens, in day cares, preschools and elementary schools as well as Music Rhapsody centers since 1983.
Awarded the prestigious Oppenheim Award, Lynn’s instrument and DVD kits for children have also received the Dove Award and are recommended by the National Parenting Association. Lynn has several books and CDs which have won the Creative Child Award, and her own line of percussion instruments through REMO. Lynn is a popular presenter for AOSA, The American Orff Schulwerk Association as well as well as Orff Associations in several other countries.
She is a frequent presenter for national and international early childhood associations, NAfME, the National Association for Music Education and has presented several times for the International Society of Music Educators.
Anne Fennell is the Chair and Instrumental and Music Composition Teacher Leader for the Performing Arts Department at Mission Vista High School in Vista, CA. She holds a Masters in Leadership Studies, Orff-Schulwerk certification for levels I, II, and III and has additional training and certifications in fields of Character Education, Gifted and Talented Education, and Cross-Cultural Language and Academic Development. Her previous experiences include teaching K-8 integrated arts and music at the Vista Academy of Visual and Performing Arts and leading a middle school percussion ensemble, ZOOM, that was featured in many performances for civic and professional organizations and national conferences.
She is a recognized presenter at professional clinics, conferences, and workshops at local, regional, and national levels. Ms. Fennell has been a clinician for local and National AOSA, the National Parent-Teacher Association, Tennessee Arts Academy and numerous state music education conferences including Colorado, Illinois, Ohio, Texas (TI:ME and TMEA), Tennessee, Virginia, and California. She was an invited speaker for the U.S. Department of Education’s Research to Best Practice Conference in Washington D.C.
In addition to her professional activities as a teacher, clinician, and coordinator, Ms. Fennell has made advocacy presentations and served as a consultant for school districts on assessment, standards-based curriculum, creativity and composition, and integrated arts programs. She created and coordinates the Vista Festival of Arts for the Vista Unified School District. Her publications include titles from Pearson Education and Silver Burdett, Music Ventures created with a U.S. Dept. of Education research grant in conjunction with NAMM, (the International Music Products Industry), Disney–Baby and Little Einsteins, and Labels for Education: Discovery Through Music with the GRAMMY Foundation, and Roots of Rhythm Curricular Connections for the International House of Blues. She is currently a royalty author for Pearson’s Interactive Music—Powered by Alfred, and a Sub-Committee Music Writing Team member for the National Coalition of Core Arts Standards—with the High School Keyboard and Harmonizing Instruments and Technology sections, in addition to being a member of the NAfME IN-ovations Council through 2016.
Judy Lewis is Assistant Professor of Music Teaching & Learning and Head of the Master of Music in Contemporary Teaching Practice degree program at the USC Thornton School of Music.
Prior to her appointment at USC, she taught general music in elementary and high schools in the United States and Israel. She also served as assistant professor of music education at Queensborough Community College, NYC (2016-2017), senior lecturer in Popular Music Songwriting and Artist Self Promotion & Marketing at the Musrara School of Music & New Media in Jerusalem, Israel (2004-2012), and senior lecturer in Popular Music Performance at the Jerusalem Academy of Music & Dance in Jerusalem, Israel (2007-2012).
She holds degrees from Teachers College, Columbia University (EdD in Music and Music Education) and the Jerusalem Academy of Music & Dance (BA and MA in Music Education).
Her main research interests lie in the areas of critical pedagogy in music education, popular music listening and composing, and social justice in music education. She is currently a research fellow at the Institute for Urban & Minority Education, Teachers College and a member of the international music education research consortium, Culture, Criticism, and Community supported by the Norwegian Research Council. Her scholarly writings have appeared in Philosophy of Music Education Review, School Music News, and Psychomusicology: Music, Mind, and Brain.