Mrs. Veronica Rivas-Castillo

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Biography

Hello and welcome to my page! I am entering my fifth year of teaching in Mesa Public Schools. I am happy to continue making impacts by traveling between Washington and Pomeroy Elementary Schools. I work with Kindergarten - 6th grades for General Music and 5th and 6th grade for Band.

musicianTo share a little about myself, I received my Bachelor of Music in Music Education in December of 2013. My main instrument has been the clarinet since 2003, and I extended my learning to percussion a year later (particularly with the drum set in a jazz band setting). I attended schools in the central Phoenix area, leading to my attendance at Arizona State University. I have studied with many influential teachers and professors such as Dr. Robert Spring, all who have inspired me to join the music education world and "keep live music alive", as my former teacher, Matt Bock, used to say. My hope is to make music available to everyone, no matter the obstacle. Currently, I am finishing my Master's in Music Education at Arizona State University! With this degree in progress, I hope to bring more new knowledge back to the classroom to help me be even more effective for your child's music education.

family and dog

My life revolves around music. Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with my husband, Francisco - who I met through band when we were in middle school - and our husky-mixed puppy, Jazzy. I have enjoyed playing in jazz combos with him around the valley in the past. I was classically trained on clarinet, but I still share a love for jazz through the clarinet and drum set, thanks to my first elementary band teacher, Joe Mendoza. 

The Benefits of Learning via Music Education

I hope your children are ready for an enjoyable and educational experience in the music world! Not only do I hope to provide a strong foundation in their musicianship, but I hope your students will take away vital life skills to contribute to their future and our world, such as responsibility, preparation, patience, effort, teamwork, analytical thinking, and perseverance, just to name a few. By allowing your child to participate in the arts, you are helping them acquire these skills at an early age.

Did I mention that music also branches out to other school subjects in addition to their creative side? It helps students to count rhythms mathematically, learn new vocabularyread and decode musical notation, discover how different sized instruments produce higher or lower pitches through science, learn about historical backgrounds with certain songs, and it even contributes to them physically learning how to properly play an instrument by developing muscle memory in their fine motor skills. It is a great way to exercise both hemispheres of your child's brain!

Thank you for valuing music education! ♫♪ 

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