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APRIL   22

Welcome to Matthew McCoy

Matt McCoyHello <<First Name>>,

I am thrilled to officially announce that Matthew T. McCoy will be our new Lower School Music Teacher and Chorus Director at the start of the 2014-2015 school year. Matt brings more than 24 years of teaching experience, most recently as a professor teaching future elementary and secondary music educators at Kansas State University.

Matthew will be the successor to Judy Barthwell, who is retiring after 12 years of teaching music at Emerson. Judy will obviously leave big shoes to fill, but the stellar reputation she helped build attracted many outstanding candidates for this position.

McCoy shares Emerson’s belief that students learn music best by doing as musicians do: singing, playing, moving, listening, analyzing, improvising, and composing. His expertise in Orff Schulwerk pedagogy (both as a student and a certified instructor since 1999), experience incorporating multiple teaching approaches, and the ability to incorporate a broad range of musical styles make him a great fit for our school.

According to Matthew, “There is something magical about helping children make music. Teaching at the collegiate level was delightful, but nothing can replace the energy, excitement, and creativity from young children learning and making music.”

We look forward to welcoming Matthew to Emerson at the start of the 2014-2015 school year. Thank you for the continued support .


Jerry Loewen
Head of School




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