Profiles in Teaching with Technology
S3 E9: Anna Moody
William C. Evans specializes in music technology applications, recording studio techniques and choral music. At the University of Maryland, he teaches Elements of Music Composition for Non-majors in the Honors College. He is the Director of the Music Technology Lab.
Anna Moody began her teaching career in 1980 in Danbury,CT teaching middle school General Music and Choir. It was there she discovered her passion for choral music and took a position as the middle school choral director at Saxe Middle School in New Canaan, CT. It was in her first year that she noticed an enormous amount of talent going untapped and proposed to begin a before school select choir which would provide a wider variety of students the opportunity to perform and hone their skills. That original program called "The Saxe Singers" and then "The New Canaan Choraleers" became a huge success performing at ACDA and NAfME Conferences, numerous venues in Washington DC including a performance in the Gold Room at The White House. Shea Stadium and Madison Square Garden.
In 2001, She began a pilot program in Music Tech with six students in an abandoned woodshop. The program was so successful, a lab was designed into the renovation of the high school in 2005. This investment paid great dividends as the Music Tech program became one of the most popular and sought after course offerings in the elective areas.
Today, the state of the art music tech lab is filled to capacity every period of the day with three teachers delivering four levels of Music Tech. The program has involved itself in some of the most important traditions of the high school. For over a decade, it has been a tradition for Music Tech students to write the graduation ressional for the outgoing class; a most prestigious honor given to a group of students. Additionally, the Music Tech classes have been an integral part of the many special assemblies and programs at the high school. To name a few, these classes have composed and created films for, The 10 Year Anniversary of 9/11, numerous Veterans Day and Memorial Day Ceremonies which have honored hundreds of Veterans.
Students in the program have been called upon to produce special presentations for many different school events and her students have gone on to study music at such prestigious music schools around the country. Most importantly, the program has instilled in countless students, a love, respect and abiding appreciation of music.