Success Strategies for America’s Title I Musicians
Nearly half of public schools in the United States qualify for Title I funding. Title I support is offered when at least 40% of the student population within a school comes from low-income families. A growing epidemic, 1 in 9 Americans live in poverty today. Children affected by poverty are at a higher risk for emotional and social challenges, cognitive lags, and health and safety stressors, all of which impact their ability to learn, comprehend, and retain information in our classrooms. Choral educators nurture student success with meaningful repertoire and an environment that helps improve cognitive function, social and life skills, and quality of life. Understanding the effects of and practicing success strategies for our Title I musicians are vital to their success.
Katy Green is a doctoral student in choral conducting at Michigan State University. She is the conductor of Campus Choir, an undergraduate ensemble at MSU, and regularly clinics, conducts, and adjudicates middle and high school choral ensembles. Katy began her teaching career at West High School and Romig Middle School in Anchorage, Alaska. Upon receiving her Master of Music Education degree at Murray State University, she returned to Anchorage to teach the choirs at Bartlett High School. Katy's current research topics include rehearsal effectiveness, inclusionary practices, and equitable audition procedures for honor choirs.