Ms. Elaine Blocher recently retired from her position as elementary music teacher at Troy Elementary School in Troy, Alabama following 16 years of service. Prior to her appointment at Troy Elementary, Ms. Blocher served in elementary classroom and elementary music teaching positions in the public schools of Ohio, Georgia, New York, Kentucky, and Kansas for a combined total of 38 years of service to the teaching profession.
Ms. Blocher received her Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Dayton in Ohio and her Master of Interdisciplinary Education (Music) degree from Troy University in Alabama. She has served as an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Music at Morehead State University (KY) and in the School of Music at Wichita State University (KS). She has presented workshops/clinics to pre-service and in-service teachers throughout the Midwest and has served as a Cooperating Teacher for more than 50 pre-service music interns/student teachers.
Ms. Blocher and her husband, Larry, have 4 children and 10 grandchildren. She lives in Birmingham with her husband and their rescue dog, Max.
Music reinforces math skills using musical math patterns, harmony and tones. It involves the study of rhythms, movement, beats, musicals and plays. Through musicals and public speaking, students work on diction, communication, singing, following directions, working as a group with respect for each other, choreography and developing strong confidence in ourselves.