New Teacher Spotlight: Mrs. Schauer

16 09 2016

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This year, Marshall Simonds Middle School gained an additional music teacher, Rebecca Schauer. Mrs. Schauer will be teaching music classes as well as piloting our brand new Strings Program. Mrs. Schauer had this to say about her background, interests, and hopes for this year:

My name is Rebecca Schauer. I’m joining the Marshall Simonds team as an Orchestra and General Music instructor after spending the past six years as the Orchestra Director for the Pentucket Regional School District. Before that, I held a one-year position teaching Orchestra at Phillips Exeter Academy. I hold a Bachelor’s and a Master’s Degree in Music Performance from Boston University and a Graduate Diploma in Music Education from the Boston Conservatory.

I am excited to usher Burlington Public Schools’ new Strings Program to Marshall Simonds Middle School. This is the age at which many students choose to distance themselves from music, unaware of the lifelong joy it can bring them. My primary goal is for all of my students to make personal meaning from the music that they hear and make. This means always accessing character and emotions while they work toward becoming fluent in the “language” of music. I also encourage my students to develop cognitive and social skills through music such as citizenship, innovative thinking and dedication to a cause greater than oneself.

I approach everything in my life wholeheartedly. Aside from playing my primary instrument, the viola, my other great passion is film and screenwriting. I have advanced in various writing competitions, judged film festivals and currently serve on the board of Harvard Square Scriptwriters. I am also a passionate cook and all-around “foodie,” as well as an avid runner who has completed two marathons.

We’d like to welcome Mrs. Schauer to Marshall Simonds Middle School and can’t wait to see what our new Strings Program has in store!

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