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Ms. Mary Jackson

Welcome to the Richland music department!  My name is Mary Jackson, and I am excited to be one of your new music teachers at Richland Elementary.  We embrace a wide variety of experiences in the music classroom. Creative movement, singing, exploration of global cultures, musical improvisation, composition, and instrumental performance are an integral part of our music curriculum. 

This will be my 20th year teaching music and my first full year teaching at Richland.  My teaching experience includes 10 years in secondary choral music and 9 years teaching elementary music.  My background includes certification and experience in elementary music, choral arts and English as a Second Language.  I received my Bachelor of Music Education degree and Orff-Schulwerk certification from the University of Memphis, and currently hold a certified endorsement in ESL from Henderson State University.  Special interests include coursework in World Music Drumming, a summer teaching program in Ghana, and studies in West African music and dance.  

 When I'm not teaching and performing music with friends, I enjoy a variety of outdoor activites including kayaking, hiking, and cycling.