Brittany Gonzalez

Brittany Gonzalez

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vocal Music Teacher

Role 
As a music teacher my role is to provide all students the opportunity to nurture their natural musical abilities and to help and encourage new ones. I firmly believe that all children are naturally musical, and it is my job to encourage life-long learning, as well as life-long music-making. By providing a safe, welcoming space for learning, students are free to create, explore, and challenge themselves musically. In my classroom you will typically see students singing, playing instruments, moving, and listening to music as they discover and grow their musicianship.

Professional Background 
I attended the University of Maryland where I received my Bachelor of Music degree with a concentration in clarinet performance. Upon receiving my B.M., I was accepted to Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA, where I received my Master in Music degree with a certification in music education for grades PreK—12. Prior to teaching here in Arlington, I spent four years teaching music at a private, Prek—12th grade school. I always knew I wanted to teach at the elementary level and was overjoyed to accept a music position here at ATS last year.

Personal Interests
In my free time I enjoy relaxing with my husband and three cats, running, skiing, traveling, and journaling (with a fresh cup of coffee by my side). A lover of the beach, I am always looking forward to the next time I can put my feet in the sand. I have also enjoyed my fair share of “adrenaline rushes” and have tried sky diving, scuba diving, riding in a bobsled, and even skeleton luge. There isn’t a craft or hobby I won’t try either–I love to crochet, bake fancy confections, and draw zentangles.

Literary Connection 
One of my favorite books to use with my students is “Stand Tall Molly Lou Mellon,” by Patty Lovell. This book is about a girl named Molly Lou Melon who is short, clumsy, has buck teeth, and has a voice that, “sounds like a bullfrog being squeezed by a boa constrictor.” She doesn’t mind being different though, because her grandmother always taught her to “walk proud, smile big, and sing loud.” That was until she started a new school with new people and a new bully. Molly stands true to who she is and “stands tall” even when others try to knock her down. I enjoy adding rhythmic text to this book with my students and discussing the importance of staying true to who you are.