• ELEMENTARY MUSIC STAFF

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BA. in vocal performance from San Francisco State, certificate in vocal pedagogy from the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, and certificate in Kodaly education.

Natalie Buck-Bauer

School: Bridges Academy

I teach 1st grade through 5th general music at Bridges Academy at Melrose. My background is in Kodaly educations, choir, and vocal education. I also teach recorder to the upper grades and I am learning Ukulele to teach as well. When I am not teaching, I am a classical singer and I have performed in musicals, operas, and operettas around the Bay Area.

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BA in Music; MA in Education, National Taiwan University of Arts.

Hannah Chao

School: International Community School, Think College Now, and Franklin Elementary

Hannah has been teaching classical music, with emphasis in piano, cello, and general music in music schools and junior high school settings. When developing a lesson plan, she not only considers her students' learning styles and particular needs but dedicates herself to providing support and motivation in the learning process. Her goal, as a teacher, is to help students discover their musical potential and appreciate the beauty of music.

I teach Music for K-5th graders. We focus on engaging students in various styles of music and students will be exposed to music literature from cultures around the world. We also have violin and keyboard learning experiences in our music lessons.

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BA in History and Spanish, Stanford University; MA in Education, Stanford University; CA Professional Clear Credential with CLAD certification

Maria de la Rosa

Schools: Acorn Woodland and Bridges Academy Elementary Schools

HOLA! I’m María de la Rosa, San Jose native and not too quietly passionate about heritage arts, particularly multicultural music. I’ve studied and collaborated with masters of Mexican dance/music; performed throughout California and beyond; and received national awards for my work. As a teacher and free-lance artist, I find joy in developing work that promotes visionary reconsideration of artistic cultural traditions to sustain the well-being of communities. I have my BA/Masters from Stanford.

I differentiate my music program for grades K-5; optional Spanish instruction at each level. I anchor classes in music fundamentals-- such as learning to keep a beat-- working towards creative independence and cognizant musicianship. Students experience music movement, lyric composition, and several musical instruments: body percussion (including percussive footwork), small percussion, drums, ukulele, voice, and keyboard. My curriculum comes from world music traditions, emphasizing transferable social/emotional and cognitive skills developed through community music making.

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Joshua Diamant

Schools: Joaquin Miller and Lincoln Elementary Schools

Hi, I'm Joshua Diamant, but my students know me as Mr. D. I'm a native New Yorker and graduate of Columbia University and Brooklyn College who came west in 2011 and has been teaching elementary music ever since, joining OUSD in 2017. When not making music, I can often be found hiking the hills of the Bay Area, cheering on the Yankees and Warriors, or making a delicious mess in the kitchen.

Students in my program receive 45 minutes a week of general music instruction including listening, singing, movement, hand percussion, tonebar instruments, and ukulele taught according to the tenets of Gordon Music Learning Theory. Students may also take strings and modern band after school.

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BA in Physics, UCSC, Physical Science and Music CA Single Subject Credentials

Steven Faivus

School: Allendale Elementary

I am a professional alto saxophonist and a high school science teacher. I have been developing materials and methods for science arts integration for over 30 years, starting at Roosevelt High in East LA in 1988.I believe Arts Integration is an important piece to solving the achievement gap.

Our music class starts with clapping and saying rhythms. Then we play games with songs like name that tune, where and when, and which poster am I playing. We get out drums to play and read rhythms. We watch, sing, discuss and write about music videos from around the world. We play music games, dance, and draw pictures to write songs.

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Bachelor of Music Ed, Bowling Green (Ohio) State University; Masters in Viola Performance, New England Conservatory of Music; Post Grad, Syracuse University

Linda Green

Schools: Cleveland and Thornhill Elementary Schools

Originally from Toledo, Ohio, Linda Green makes her home in Richmond, and teaches 300+ instrumentalists every year in the OUSD. With her viola, she free-lances with many orchestras and plays in the Carol StringTrio. Linda was the assistant principal violist of the Orquestra Nacional do Porto (Portugal) and was a participant in the 2017 and 2019 Gateways Music Festival in Rochester, New York. She co-founded both the Home of United String Ensembles and the Oakland Symphony sponsored MUSE VIVO Orchestra.


I teach music to all of the 4th and 5th graders by way of the violin, viola, or cello. We do a
a variety of styles, including classical, hip hop, fiddling, and blues, with the idea that studying an instrument will make you a better student overall. I consider joy and creativity to be important components for teaching and learning.

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BA in music, Skidmore College; MM in cello performance, San Francisco Conservatory of Music; MAT with Single Subject in Music Credential, Longy School of Music of Bard College

Jessica Ivry

Schools: Manzanita SEED & Manzanita Community Elementary Schools

I am classically trained on cello but have always explored non-traditional music routes including rock, bluegrass, jazz and world music. I also sing and play my cello and for 10 years was a founding member of Real Vocal String Quartet, an improvising/singing ensemble. I have recorded and played with many notable artists including singer, Feist on her 2012 album as well as with her on The Tonight Show and at the Coachella Music Festival. Full bio www.jessivry.com

I teach 4th and 5th grade students on violin, viola and cello. Students learn proper instrument and bow hold alignment at each class then learn how to make a beautiful tone and finally learn familiar songs in unison. We work toward playing a song in 2 parts and eventually learning how to play in a small ensemble. Along with the basics of string playing, students also learn the important building blocks of music, including rhythm, melody, and harmony.

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Shelby Lawton

Schools: Grass Valley and Redwood Heights Elementary Schools

 

Shelby Lawton is a music educator from Omaha, Nebraska. Before joining OUSD, she taught at Elliott Elementary, a Title I school in Lincoln, Nebraska, and All Children Academics, an elementary school in San Rafael for students with social and academic learning differences. Shelby is committed to creating a music classroom which provides her students with opportunities to build relationships, process emotions, experience culture, embrace diversity, and become their best selves.

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BA in Music Education

Michael Turner

Schools: Carl B Munck and Brookfield Elementary Schools

I have been teaching music for Oakland Unified for 23 years. I provide pull out and in class instruction for students K through 5th grade. 

Last Modified on October 12, 2021