Meet Regina Kenton, Orchestra teacher

What’s your first and last name?

  • Regina Kenton

What do you teach / what is your ‘title’ at school?

  • Orchestra teacher

How are you involved in education?

  • I teach the love and logic of music. I teach skills both musical and social that enrich and support academics. I teach 4th-8th grade students violin, viola, cello, and bass and have been loving it for 8 years. I teach at Lake Park Elementary and Western Oaks Middle School in Putnam City.

What does your ideal school or classroom look like?

  • Hardware:My ideal class as a state-of-the-art sound system that allows for recording and listening. There are practice rooms with all the amenities (weighted keyboards, cello chairs, and mirrors to guide proper posture technique). I am already blessed to have a Smartboard, document camera, iPad class set, MacBook, and weighted keyboard at my disposal. Access to a computer lab with Smartmusic would be icing on the cake! All that’s missing is the ability to optimize the use of all this technology.Software: my kiddos come in to class ready to work together. They understand there is routine and the expectation that all information must be sought out. I don’t have to lecture or be the only model bcause my students want to share what they’ve learned through private tutors or private practice. We perform, listen, and critique to better ourselves and I am more of a facilitator or coach than the only source of information.

If you were to lead a session at Edcamp, what would it be about?

  • Utilizing arts in the core classroom.

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