BA (Magna cum Laude, With Honors) in Music Education, Concordia College, MN, USA
MA in Music Education, University of Hawai’i at Manoa
Association for Popular Music Education, International Council for Traditional Music, Society for Ethnomusicology
After studying abroad in Crete and teaching in a summer language program in China, Dawn knew that she wanted to continue exploring the world. Her entire teaching career has been in international schools in various countries, including Mexico, Tunisia, Vietnam, Germany, and Egypt. Dawn has taught music classes for all year levels and has directed a wide variety of vocal and instrumental ensembles.
Dawn joined BISB and Nord Anglia in August 2015. She has a certified International Baccalaureate teacher, both at the Middle Years Programme level (in Performing Arts) and the Diploma Programme level (in Music). She has presented workshops at regional conferences that focused on the incorporation of movement activities across all disciplines. She has also presented online workshops on the inclusion of popular music in the curriculum and visual versus aural teaching methods in the choral classroom.
Dawn believes strongly in a holistic approach to teaching the performing arts. She encourages all students to participate in a wide range of activities, developing both their performance and analytical skills. Her graduate work in ethnomusicology is evident in her teaching style, as she encourages students to appreciate all types of music as products of their historical and cultural contexts.
No matter where she lives, Dawn engages in the artistic community around her, frequenting film festivals, concerts, and art galleries. At various times, she has performed in choirs, amateur theatre productions, a Balinese gamelan, and folk dance groups. She would like to take hurdy-gurdy or cimbalom lessons and learn more Hungarian folk dances while here in Budapest.