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Welcome to Ms. Walton's Class!

I wanted to take time to introduce myself, since I will be serving as your children’s new music teacher for the 2017-2018 school year! My name is Laura Walton. I am a New York State native, and grew up in a tiny small town about an hour and a half south of Rochester, NY. I began studying music in fourth grade, and by the end of high school decided that I wanted to spend my life providing children with the same musical opportunities that shaped me. 
I completed my undergraduate degree in Music Education at Syracuse University, and gained New York State music education certification serving children in grades K-8 as well. During my time at Syracuse University, I studied vocal jazz privately and sang in a select vocal jazz ensemble. I also was a part of the Syracuse University Marching Band. I have been living in New York City for the last year, where I began graduate study through New York University in 1-6 General and Special Education. During my time in NYC, I worked as a tutor for students who were struggling academically at a public school in China Town, and as a long-term substitute at a predominately Spanish speaking public school in Corona, Queens. While I am a choral/general music teacher, I also have taught flute, acoustic guitar, and African drumming. 
I believe that musical growth can not only increase self-efficacy and motivation in a student, but can also increase positive academic outcomes as well. All people can connect to music, and it is my goal to foster this connection for my students in such a way, that they can carry a deeper connection with music through the rest of their lives. 
I hope that August finds you all well, as we prepare for a new school year! I will keep everyone posted as I prepare for the school year, via my Edgartown school webpage. I am so excited to meet you and your children, and am looking forward to a wonderful year of music making together! 
Best Wishes,
Laura Walton
P.S. Please see below for a 6th - 8th grade supply list!
6th - 8th Grade Music Supplies!
I am looking forward to a fantastic year of music with your students! Below are the supplies that your child will need for music class. These materials will stay in the music classroom for your child’s use throughout the school year. If purchasing these supplies will pose difficulty, do not hesitate to let me know! 
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  • 2 pocket folder with student’s name on it.
  • 1 box of pencils with erasers.
  • 1 box of tissues.
  • 1 container of hand sanitizer.
I am planning to do guitar workshop with the 6th - 8th grade students this year! If your family has an acoustic guitar available that your child could use for music class, please let me know! I will let everyone know when we are ready to bring these to school.


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