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Mary Greene RSS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
This is  my ninth year as the general music teacher at Westwood. I started my life in music at the young age of five when my father brought a piano home. I always loved to sing and play with sounds as a child. I studied piano starting at age eight. Later I learned to play trumpet in band. Before long I started playing guitar and the mountain dulcimer. I have either sung in or played piano for choirs and choruses since age 13.  I actually started teaching piano lessons in my parent's home while still a teenager. I even taught college and community college music classes while I was working on my own college degree! It helped me earn money to pay for part of my schooling. Later I worked as a semi-professional performer before returning to school for a Master's Degree in Appalachian Studies. I specialized in music and folklore for this degree. My work career has included nearly a decade as the Director of Education at the Appalachian Cultural Museum plus producing documentary recordings and even a film. This film about mountain shape-note music and singers is a classroom resource for my 4th graders! I continue to perform as time allows. This summer I performed with the well-known regional author Sharyn McCrumb. I also won 1st place Mountain Dulcimer at the Grayson County Fiddler's Convention. Music can serve the academic areas in many ways and  increases cross-brain integration. However music also stands on its own as a valid part of the public school curriculum. Students who participate in school music activities are more likely to graduate and go on to college! Music also adds great joy and meaning to their lives so we will keep singing, dancing, moving, playing instruments and listening in my classroom!
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