Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Dedicated teacher’s passion for music education is infectious to students

Angela Harmanbrteaches orchestra at Spanish Fork Junior High and Spanish Fork High School inbrSpanish Fork, where she has helped the orchestra program grow by more than 440brpercent since 2012.

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Under the directionbrof Harman, the Spanish Fork Junior High school orchestra has excelled atbrfestivals. Her advanced orchestra was selected to perform at the StatebrOrchestra Festival in 2016 and 2017. Each of her groups consistently receivesbrSuperior ratings.

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Because the SFJHSbrprogram has grown so much, there is constantly a need for additional schoolbrinstruments. SFJHS has been fortunate to receive grants from the Nebo EducationbrAssociation and the Classics For Kids Foundation to help purchase violas andbrcellos for students to rent from the school.

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Harman is passionatebrabout music education and is the founder of www.orchestraclassroom.com, wherebrshe posts ideas and methods that she uses in her classroom. Her blog is wellbrknown in the string teacher world, and many find inspiration in her articles.brThrough the website, she runs a profitable online store where teachers canbrpurchase downloads of her books, music, and logos.

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Her recent popularbrbooks, “Be An Amazing Note-Reader” and “The True Beginning: Before the MethodbrBook” are just a few of her creations offered through her website to countlessbrteachers and orchestra programs worldwide.

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Harman frequentlybrseeks out special opportunities for her students. In 2015, her program wasbrselected for ‘The World We All Deserve Through Music’ where renowned ‘Time forbrThree’ bassist, Ranaan Meyer composed a piece for the Spanish Fork Orchestrabrand visited in person to do a workshop with students.

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The Spanish ForkbrJunior High orchestra won the Give A Note Foundation/Radio Disney ‘ Music InbrOur Schools’ tour in 2016 which included an Ardy and a grant.

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Representatives frombrthe Disney Channel visited Harman’s classroom and filmed a commercial promotingbrmusic education which aired on the Disney channel in the Summer of 2016.

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Harman was recognized by the Utah Music Educators association inbr2017 with the Superior Accomplishment Award. She is currently serving as thebrUMEA Junior High Orchestra Vice President-elect. Harman frequently shares herbrideas with colleagues by presenting at professional development conferences.brShe presented sessions at the NAfME National Conference in 2015, 2016, and 2017brand the Utah Music Educator’s convention in 2017. She has been featured severalbrtimes in NAfME’s ‘Music in a Minuet’ blog and ‘Teaching Music’ magazine. Shebrhas had articles published in the UMEA Journal. SmartMusic blog, and GradeCambrblog.

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