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Who's Who: Margo Marusek

Position & school(s): Elementary music teacher at Emma C. Chase; MHS Strings

How long have you been teaching? 9 1/2 years.         How long at Monticello? 5 ½ years

Where did you go to college? What degrees do you hold?
I majored in Music at Mount Holyoke College and then went to Boston University for my Masters in Music. I also studied at the University College in Cork Ireland and have done post-graduate studies at Portland State University in Oregon.

Any awards/accomplishments?
I was recently awarded the 2010 Jenö Ádám Scholarship for Kodály study on behalf of the Organization of American Kodály Educators.

Any claims to fame?
I earned several music scholarships over the years, and freelance as a harpist in the Hudson Valley.

What's your favorite part of your job?
I love seeing students that have mastered a performance skill and are successfully making music.

Why did you become a music teacher?
I became a music teacher because I wanted to help set a good foundation for musicianship in a public school setting. I believe that everyone should have the opportunity to build strong musical skills in the primary grades of school, and I want to help foster that skill development.

Did you do anything else before you became a music teacher?
During and in between my college/graduate studies I did office work in a university setting, worked at a summer camp for people with vision loss/impairment, and worked with toddlers and adolescents in an afterschool literacy program.

In your opinion, why do you think music education is important?
I think making music is one of the many ways people need to grow, to be a whole person, and to understand human culture.

How has music influenced your life?
Music has brought passion, inspiration, discipline, understanding and depth to my life experience. It has also given me a way to express myself.

Who is your favorite musician?
I have many favorites. I always admired my teacher’s playing, Ann Hobson Pilot.

What CD is in your CD player right now?
An audiobook: The Years, by Virginia Wolf.

What are your hobbies?
I enjoy reading, making music, hiking, gardening and spending time outdoors with my family.

What advice would you offer to an aspiring musician?
Learn how to practice effectively, believe in yourself and develop a sensitive ear.