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March 5, 2014
Katie Beth Traxler, a music teacher at PS 51 Elias Howe Elementary School in Manhattan, N.Y., recently joined a Northwest Introduction to Music Education class for a discussion about educational topics.
Traxler joined the class, led by Assistant Professor Music Dr. Kathryn Strickland, through Blackboard Collaborate, an online learning and conferencing application facilitated by Jolaine Zweifel of Northwest’s Center for Information Technology in Education.
The discussion centered around multiple topics relevant to education and Traxler’s experiences teaching in a variety of settings, including vocal, elementary and instrumental music in parochial and public schools from rural south Louisiana to the south Bronx and Manhattan. The class discussed the needs of students in minority populations, successful teaching in low-socio economic settings, discipline, reflective practice, the first-year teaching experience and meaningful teacher-student relationships.
“She knows what she’s talking about because she’s gone from the perfect magnet school to a place where no one wants to be in music, and she survived the culture shock,” said Ben Clark, a sophomore music education major from St. Louis. “She found a way to do a good job by building relationships with kids and incorporating their interests. It’s something I’ve already started using in my practicum class, and it’s made my teaching so much easier.”
In addition to her teaching responsibilities at PS 51, Traxler is certified in Orff, Kodaly and Dalcroze methodologies for music teaching, teaches guitar and drumming in the Abundant Waters After School Program, is director of professional education for SAI Philanthropies, Inc., is music theory instructor for the Manhattan Girls Chorus and teaches private piano lessons from her home. She maintains a website at www.katietraxler.com.
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