SCHOOL: Irwin Elementary School

    CLASS: General Music Teacher/Choral Director

    SCHOOL PHONE: (732) 613-6840 Ext. 4697

    EMAIL:  mmoore@ebnet.org

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    Irwin School and District Involvement:
    I am currently going into my 21st year of teaching!  I have been teaching general/vocal music
    classes and chorus at Irwin School since February, 2002.
    Under my direction, my chorus has performed for residents at Sunrise Assisted Living, 
    sung the National Anthem for the Somerset Patriots, and performed at the 2015 NJACDA   
    Convention.  In addition, the Irwin School Chorus has recorded a CD and participated in a         
    master class/sharing session with the renowned American BoyChoir on two occasions. 
    In addition to teaching kids at Irwin, I also work with many of our beloved faculty
    members who participate in our Irwin School Faculty Choir. We are currently in our
    15th consecutive year! I continue to work with students throughout our district, from
    all eight elementary schools, having served as a co-director of the All-District Elementary
    Chorus for many years.  
    In the past, I have collaborated with several of my school colleagues directing Irwin
    School students in several musical reviews and drama productions as well as co-created
    and directed our Chorus for Irwin School's Cultural Arts Festival for three consecutive
    years with Mrs. Forer, Irwin's former art teacher. In December 2011, I had an amazing opportunity to work with six students from our school district to prepare and direct them to sing with Kenny Rogers for his 2011 Greatest Hits/Christmas Tour at the StateTheatre in New Brunswick, NJ.

    Curriculum and Professional Development Experience:    

    • Assisted in writing and developing our elementary music curriculum
    • Assisted in creating district-wide assessments for students
    • Selected for the committee to develop the elementary standards-based report cards
    • In the summer of 2015, co-presented at two professional music conferences (NJ ACDA
    • Summer Conference and NJMEA Summer Conference at TCNJ) with my friend and
    • colleague, Eileen Mann (Central School) 
    I completed my Bachelor of Music in Music Education (1998) and Master of Music
    in Music Education with distinction (2006) from Westminster Choir College of Rider University.
    I also completed my Kodaly Level I training at Westminster Choir College.
    Related Teaching Experience:
    Prior to teaching at Irwin, I taught General/Vocal Music and Chorus in the
    Bridgewater-Raritan School District.  In addition to my public school teaching,
    I taught privately and directed children's choirs at Lamington Presbyterian Church
    (Bedminster, NJ) and the Westminster Conservatory of Music in Princeton, NJ for
    several years.
    I love to sing, and in my spare time, I love to travel.  I've been to the United Kingdom,
    Channel Islands, France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, the Netherlands,
    Spain, The Canary Islands, Brazil, Argentina, and Canada as well as much of the 
    United States. While traveling, I enjoy a balance of visiting big cities and small towns.
    I enjoy visiting National Parks, too. I love the excitement of experiencing new cultures
    through my interactions with locals, visiting art museums, concerts, tasting new foods,
    sight-seeing, and people-watching. I love to read and spend time with my husband,
    Shahriar, my 6 1/2 year old daughter, Sophie, who is starting 1st Grade this year.
    I love spending time with extended family and friends as often as I can! What are some songs that I might find on Ms. Moore's ipod? To give you a sneak preview of what I like to listen to in my spare time, here is a sample of 25 songs you would hear on my ipod playlist.... These songs will change over time, so please stay tuned! 1. Gimme Shelter performed by the Rolling Stones 2. Sing a Song performed by Earth, Wind, and Fire 3. Adagio for Strings, Op. 11 performed by the New York Philharmonic and Thomas Schippers 4. Hallelujah performed by Jeff Buckley 5. Boogie Shoes performed by KC and the Sunshine Band 6. Carnalismo performed by Tribalistas 7. Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I'm Yours) performed by Stevie Wonder 8. Raspberry Beret performed by Prince 9. Sleep by Eric Whitacre 10. Seteng Sediba performed by the Soweto Gospel Choir 11. Earth Song performed by Michael Jackson 12. In a Sentimental Mood performed by Duke Ellington and John Coltrane 13. Nigeria What? performed by Debruit 14. Somewhere Over the Rainbow performed by Eva Cassidy 15. God Only Knows performed by the Beach Boys 16. Adir Adirim performed by Balkan Beat Box 17. Forever and A Day performed by Jewel 18. In My Life performed by the Beatles 19. I Was Brought to My Senses performed by Sting 20. Golden Slumbers performed by the Beatles 21. Three Little Birds performed by Bob Marley 22. Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13 Movement II (Sonata Pathetique) 23. Let's Dance performed by David Bowie 24. I Hear Music performed by Bobby McFerrin 25. Don't Stop Believin' performed by Journey

    Mission For The Class and Mission for the School:

    It is my mission to nurture and develop your child's academic, social,
    emotional, and physical growth and empower them to become musicians.
    I believe that music is a vehicle for students to understand themselves
    and others through a creative process, where they can develop their creativity
    and develop their musicianship. I hold that each child will develop and grow
    in an environment grounded in personal experience. Critical thinking and
    self-reflection are important skills to develop in order to become successful in life,
    and students will engage in a range of activities where they make connections, listen,
    observe, practice, question, create, innovate, and reflect using these methods.
    It is my goal to provide a classroom-learning environment that is friendly, stimulating,
    safe, and comfortable. I want to encourage each child to try new things, work hard,
    and take risks. In doing just that, I feel it is my responsibility to create and
    facilitate a caring and respectful atmosphere where they can flourish.
    I consider myself a life-long learner, and I hope to instill an interest in my students
    to want to continue their growth and development beyond my classroom.

    I am looking forward to an incredible year making music with the children at Irwin School!