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Anne Fennell

Anne Fennell

Anne Fennell is the K-12 Music Program Manager for San Diego Unified School District in San Diego, CA. She holds a Bachelor’s in Music Education, a Masters in Leadership Studies, Orff-Schulwerk certification for levels I, II, and III and has additional training and certifications in world music studies, Character Education, Gifted and Talented Education, and Cross-Cultural Language and Academic Development. Her experiences include 32 years of teaching K-8 integrated arts and music, leading performance ensembles in civic and professional organizations and national conferences, including the annual NAMM Board of Directors meeting (2013 & 2016), and teaching three levels of both steel drum ensembles and music composition through technology, grades 9-12. Her ensembles have been featured in both InTune Monthly and NAfMEs Teaching Music magazines.

She is a recognized presenter and clinician at professional conferences and workshops at local, regional, and national levels, including ISME, AOSA, the National Parent-Teacher Association, Tennessee Arts Academy, NAfME, and numerous music education conferences throughout the United States. She supported beginning teachers in multiple subjects through the California Beginning Teachers Assessment program and was also an invited speaker for the U.S. Department of Education’s Research to Best Practice Conference in Washington D.C.. In the fall of 2015, Anne was a keynote speaker at the first China Conference for Music Education in Shanghai, addressing the Whole Musician, followed by workshops in music composition. In 2016 she was chosen as a top 10 Finalist for the GRAMMY Music Educator Award, received California Music Educators Association’s for Innovation in Music Education (2017), California Music Educators Association’s SBS Innovation in Music Education (2016), Illuminating Culture Award (2013), Outstanding Music Educator Award, Southern Border Section (2008), and Teacher of the Year in Vista Unified School District. In March of 2017 Anne was chosen as the Magnet School Teacher of the Year, Region 8, USA., and in May of 2017 she was honored as the National Magnet School Teacher of the Year.

Ms. Fennell has made advocacy presentations and served as a consultant for school districts on assessment, standards-based curriculum, creativity and composition, and integrated arts programs. Her publications include titles from Pearson Education and Silver Burdett, MusicVentures created with a U.S. Dept. of Education research grant in conjunction with NAMM, Disney – Baby and Little Einsteins, Labels for Education: Discovery Through Music with the GRAMMY Foundation, and K-12 integration connections for the Roots of Rhythm curriculum. She was a Sub-Committee Music Writing Team member for the National Core Arts Music Standards and is 2016-2018 member of the NAfME General Music Education Council and the 2016-2018 Chair for the NAfME IN-ovations Council. Recent Workshops include:

• Workshop Presenter: Little Kids Rock – Ft. Collins, CO, July 2019

• Workshop Presenter: Conn Selmer Institute – San Diego, CA, July 2019

• Workshop Presenter: EAS Conference, Malmö, Sweden, May 2019

• Workshop Presenter: California All State Music Educator’s Conference, Feb., 2019

• Innovations Conference Lead Presenter: NAfME Innovations Strand, November 2018

• Keynote Address: California Music Educator’s Central Section Fall Conference, Sept 2018

• Keynote Address: National Music Education Conference July 2018 in Beijing, China

• Guest lecturer: Texas State and Cal State Long Beach, Sept-Oct. 2017

• Keynote Address: CMEA Southwestern Section Conference, Nov. 2017

• Fostering Creativity through Education and Culture – sponsored by the OECD (Paris, France) and Durham University, Durham, UK, Sept. 2017. Session: Defining a Creativity Friendly Learning Environment

• IMPACT Conference, MuseEdLab, NYU, New York, New York, August 2017. Workshop session: Music Composition with Technology: A Creative and Inquiry Approach to Music Education for All Students

• NAfME National InService Conference, Grapevine, Texas, Nov. 2016 Workshop Session: Music Education through Music Composition and Technology

• International Society of Music Education (ISME), Glasgow, Scotland, July 2016. Workshop Session: Music Composition through Technology Poster Session: The Whole Musician

TEDx Talk: Creating the Code, April 2016 

• TMEA/TI:ME, San Antonio, Texas, February 2016 Workshop Session: Skills and Sequence of Music Composition 1 through Technology • AOSA National Conference San Diego, CA, November 2015 Making Music in the Moment with Ensembles

• First Music Education Conference, Shanghai, China, October 2015 Keynote Speech: The Whole Musician

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