Glacier Valley Elementary School, USA

Glacier Valley Elementary School, USA

Glacier Valley Elementary School, Juneau, Alaska is excited to become one of the USA’s first Champion Schools. Music teacher, Lorrie Heagy, was one of approximately 35 U.S. citizens to receive the Fulbright Distinguished Award in Teaching grant.  The Fulbright international educational exchange program is sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to build connections between the U.S. and other countries. The Fulbright Program is funded through an annual appropriation by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Following six months in the UK shadowing Musical Futures Champion Teachers and attending over six Musical Futures training events in order to further enhance the musical opportunities she can give to her pupils, Lorrie will continue to refine the musical opportunities she offers students

“I am a classically-trained pianist. I learned a very formal approach to reading notes and that you don’t deviate from the page,” Heagy said. “If somebody asks me to play ‘Happy Birthday’ I just freeze because I am have been taught to read from a page instead of trusting my ear. I grew up being creative, but through that process, I lost that openness to learning how to play by ear. I want to make sure my kids here can both read music and play by ear. I want them to be able to play classical music and music they hear on the radio.”

Lorrie hopes to connect with other schools using Musical Futures approaches across the USA and to build a community of practice and support where teachers can exchange ideas and participate in online discussion.