OkMEA Retired Music Teacher Directory

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Retired Teacher NameSandra J. (Browning) Fitzgerald
ChildrenBrandon and Jonathan
Address804 Janet Street
Tahlequah, OK 74464
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Phone(918) 456-3944
In what year did you retire from teaching?2004
How many years did you teach?44
Degrees Earned (start with most recent)

Northeastern State University - Tahlequah, OK - MME: Piano, Voice, Jazz - 1990
Southern Nazarene University - Bethany, OK - BME: Piano and Voice - 1965
- completed last 18 hours at SFA, Nacogdoches, TX

Other Training Institutions (certifications, etc.)

Ball State University - Muncie, IN - Orff I Certification
Orff Institute - Salzburg, Austria - Orff 2 Certification
Northeastern State University - Tahlequah, OK - Dalcroze Eurhythmics, Abramson Technique
Texas Christian University - Ft. Worth, TX - Book 1 Suzuki Piano, Book 1 Pedagogy Proficiency
Completed proficiencies in levels 1-5 Suzuki piano
Belmont University - Nashville, TN - Orff I refresher
University of Oklahoma - Norman, OK - 18 hours Kodály certification
SWOSU - Weatherford, OK - Orff I (for fun)

Teaching Positions (start with the most recent)

1994-2004 - Cherokee and Central Elementary - Tahlequah, OK - General Music Grades 1-6
1980 - Abraka College - Nigeria, West Africa - Applied music and keyboard
1978-1979 - Grand Lake, OK - Private lessons
1978 - Camden, NJ - General Music Grades 1-6
1969-1971 - Delphic Child Development Center, TX - General Music/Orff
1966-1967 - Added grades two and three music at Lufkin, TX
1965-1966 - With two other teachers in Lufkin, TX, initiated a new general music program in first grade with Orff and Kodály emphasis
1965-2008 - 35 private students per year

Teaching Highlights (ensemble accomplishments, personal accomplishments, etc.)

In 1968 I took my 2nd graders to the University of Houston music methods classes to demonstrate Orff and Kodály techniques-children played melodic instruments, sang and signed, sight read vocally, and took musical dictation on their staff chalkboards.

From 1965 to 2004, my students did in-class demonstrations for parents, administrators, and community.

My numerous school programs were hands-on. Students did the accompanying on Orff instruments.

I presented in-service programs for Tahlequah music teachers (Orff and Kodály)

Took 25 first graders to NSU where they did Orff/Kodály activities for Dr. Foster's music methods classes.

Taught NSU music methods classes for Dr. Gary Foster and Dr. Rob Bailey.

Made videos of my classes (grades one and two) for Dr. Joy Nelson for her to use in her Kodály Concept I classes at the University of Oklahoma

A bright spot in my career was having Marge Malone change from numbers to solfege because it made pedagogical sense to her. After 10 years, I can say there is much more awareness and hopefully new ideas are being utilized to enhance the music learning of our students.

My greatest reward is seeing my former students and hearing: "Music was my most fun class." "You taught me to read music." "We always got to play the instruments and I always loved coming to music."

Professional Education Associations

MTNA/OMTA (Tahlequah Area Branch)
AOSA/Oklahoma Orff educators

Played cello for 15 years in the Ft. Smith Symphony Orchestra (still play in church)

Retirement Years (jobs, accomplishments, travel, etc.)

Church pianist, praise team members and a special music in our services at Tahlequah Church of the Nazarene. I still have a few private piano students.

My major hobby is gardening. I have become a certified Master Gardener, am a past president of the Nasturtium Garden Cloud, am a Co-Sponsor of Sunflower Jr. Garden Club for 4th graders at Cherokee Elementary School in Tahlequah. I volunteer two hours per week with garden club, planting and maintaining gardens at the city park.

We have traveled the US in our motor home. I have planted Knockout bush roses in Minnesota, Kansas, Nebraska, Texas, Missouri, and several locations in Oklahoma.

Janis Dawson, OkMEA Past President

6721 Stonycreek Dr.
Oklahoma City, OK 73132
(405) 740-9306
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