Teaching Artist, Classroom Music
Born and raised in Wisconsin, Mrs. Pearl received her degree and certification in General & Instrumental Music Education (K-12) from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Since 2012 she has taught in Milwaukee, New York, and now Chicago in a variety of settings including private, public, bilingual, and after-school programs. Most of her teaching has focused on general music and violin ensembles in elementary schools.
In 2016 Mrs. Pearl completed her Masters in Music Education from Boston University where she focused her thesis project on Culturally Responsive Popular Music Pedagogy, a student-centered approach to music education emphasizing creative processes stemming from students' existing musical backgrounds and interests. She has also continued her education through string education conferences and workshops, Google Educator training, Spanish language classes, and a number of independent professional development opportunities.
Mrs. Pearl has experience performing on cello with the Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra, and on piano and guitar for small events. However, most of the time she has outside of the classroom is spent with her family (a husband, two kids, and a cat), reading, making to-do lists, and having long conversations with neighbors and friends.