Bedford Central School District Elementary Music ProgramThe NAMM Foundation (National Association of Music Merchants) surveys school districts across the United States seeking to acknowledge communities for their commitment to and support for music education in schools. For the seventh year in a row, the Bedford Central School District has been recognized as one of the 2019 NAMM Foundation Best Communities for Music Education.
All elementary students in the Bedford Central School District participate in general music classes once every 4 days. Students are actively engaged in developing musical skills and understanding music through singing, moving, creating and playing on a variety of classroom instruments. It is in these general music classes that a child’s musicality is nurtured and the process of becoming a life-long lover of music begins.Beginning in the 3rd grade, all elementary school students may elect to begin string instrument instruction.Beginning in 4th grade, all elementary students may elect to begin band instruction.
Elementary Music Faculty
Jamie Ring, Strings at Bedford Village & Mt. Kisco -- firstname.lastname@example.org
Elizabeth Day, General Music, Chorus & Band at Bedford Hills -- email@example.com
Alyssa DiGrandi, Band at Mt. Kisco and Pound Ridge --
Lynn Donnavan, General Music & Chorus at Pound Ridge -- firstname.lastname@example.org
Anne Marie Kmetz, General Music & Chorus at West Patent -- email@example.com
Owen Hughes, General Music & Chorus at Bedford Village & Mt. Kisco -- firstname.lastname@example.org
Karen Landers, Strings at Bedford Hills, Pound Ridge & West Patent -- - email@example.com
Dr. Michael Mulder, Band at Bedford Hills, Bedford Village and West Patent -- firstname.lastname@example.org
Carolyn Scimone Rowan, General Music & Chorus at Mt. Kisco -- email@example.com
Meet the Elementary Music Faculty
Jamie Ring teaches strings at Mount Kisco, Bedford Village, and Bedford Hills Elementary Schools. Mrs. Ring is a graduate of the Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam where she studied viola under Dr. Shelly Tramposh. Mrs. Ring then received her Masters in Music Education degree from Teachers College Columbia University. Mrs. Ring enjoys teaching her students what it means to be a musician through the concepts of setting goals, understanding the music, improvisation, and composition.
Elizabeth Day holds Professional Certification in Music K-12 from New York State. She completed a Master of Arts in Music Education from Teachers College, Columbia University and a Bachelor of Music in Bassoon Performance from The Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam. Elizabeth completed Level I certification in Kodaly Methodology from NYU Steinhardt in 2012, and continues to participate in workshops and conferences using methodologies of Kodaly, Orff, and Dalcroze Eurhythmics to inspire and inform her music teaching. In addition, Elizabeth is an active performer. She currently holds the principal bassoon chair in Westchester Symphonic Winds and has performed with Vent Nouveau, Opera Theatre of Montclair, TreasureHouse Music, New York Wind Symphony, Ridgewood Symphony, Ramsey Wind Symphony, Chelsea Symphony, The Orchestra of Northern New York, Northern Symphonic Winds, and various pit orchestras for local school musical productions.
Alyssa DiGrandi teaches band at Mount Kisco Elementary School and Pound Ridge Elementary School. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Music as well as her Master of Arts in Teaching: Music K-12 from Manhattanville College. Alyssa studied clarinet, piano, and jazz guitar and was involved in the Wind Ensemble, Small Jazz Ensemble and various Chamber Groups during her time there. She is excited to be a part of the musical community in the Bedford Central School District.
Lynn Donnavan teaches general music at Pound Ridge Elementary and is the director of the fourth and fifth grade chorus. Ms. Donnavan received a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Westminster Choir College, Princeton N.J. and a Masters Degree in Music Education with an emphasis in Pedagogy from the Hartt School of Music, Hartford, CT. She began her teaching career at Fostertown Visual & Performing Arts Magnet School in Newburgh, N.Y. She has been a part of the Bedford music staff since 1998. Ms. Donnavan’s choirs have an excellent reputation, receiving gold and gold with distinction ratings at NYSSMA adjudication festivals. Ms. Donnavan has presented both choral and movement workshops. She loves incorporating yoga, creative movement, and mindfulness practices in her choral rehearsals and music classes.
Owen Hughes teaches K-5 general music at Bedford Village and Mount Kisco elementary schools, and conducts the 4th and 5th grade choir at BVES. Mr. Hughes is a recent graduate of the Masters in Music Education program at the Hartt School of Music where he studied the First Steps in Music and Conversational Solfège curricula directly under Dr. John Feierabend. Mr. Hughes also holds dual Bachelor degrees in Music Education and Dance from SUNY Fredonia, where he graduated with honors and performed in many main-stage theater, concert, opera, and dance productions. Mr. Hughes has also performed with SoLI, a chamber choir on Long Island.
Anne Marie Kmetz teaches K-5 general music, and the grade 4 and grade 5 chorus at West Patent Elementary School. She is also conductor of the Elementary District Chorus. Ms. Kmetz studies and incorporates various teaching methods into the classroom curriculum such as Kodaly, Orff, Music Learning Theory, Conversational Solfège, Dalcroze, Eurhythmics, and World Drumming. In addition to her responsibilities in Bedford, Ms. Kmetz is a voice adjudicator for NYSSMA, and has been a guest judge for various vocal competitions in Orange County. She has been invited to be a guest conductor for the All-District Chorus in Newburgh, NY and the Elementary All-County Chorus in Westchester in County. As a vocalist, Ms. Kmetz has performed as a soloist in various masterworks such as Handel’s “Messiah,” Mendelssohn’s “Elijah,” and Faure’s “Requiem.” Additionally, she has appeared in opera productions such as Benjamin Britten’s “Albert Herring,” and Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Pirates of Penzance.” Anne Marie Kmetz began her teaching career in the Newburgh Enlarged City School District in Newburgh, NY. She holds a Masters Degree in Elementary Pedagogy with a concentration in K-12 choral conducting from the Hartt School of Music in Hartford, CT. she earned a B.S. in music from SUNY Fredonia and also studied at Delaware Valley College of Science and Agriculture in Doylestown, PA, The College of St. Rose in Albany, NY, and Erie Community College in Buffalo, NY.
Karen Landers began her study of the violin in Philadelphia, PA. She attended the Catholic University of America where she studied the violin with Robert Gerle and Elisabeth Adkins of the National Symphony Orchestra. She graduated with a Bachelors in Music Education and moved on to establish the orchestra program in the Washington Waldorf School in Bethesda, Maryland. After studying violin in New York with Stephen Clapp, she went on to complete her Masters in Music Education at the University of Massachusetts - Amherst. Ms. Landers has been a strings teacher and orchestra director in the Bedford Central School District since 1991. Her elementary orchestras participate in District String Festivals and NYSSMA Majors festivals. She has been Festival Chair of WCSMA All County Festivals, a regular adjudicator for Westchester All County for over 15 years and has conducted Elementary All County Festivals in Orange County. She is a NYSSMA Solo Festival Adjudicator and is an active member of the American String Teachers Association. She and her husband are proud parents of a high school daughter who studies in the White Plains schools.
Dr. Michael Mulder teaches band at Bedford Village Elementary School and West Paten Elementary School. He joined the Bedford schools in 2002 after teaching in the New York City Public Schools. Dr. Mulder has written articles for The National Association of Teachers of Singing Journal and In Theory Only. He continues to perform as a working musician and currently holds the organist position at St. James Episcopal Church in North Salem, NY. Dr. Mulder’s teaching experience ranges from general music, choral music, and band instruction to students from pre-K through college. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Music History from the University of Colorado, Boulder, a Masters Degree in Music History from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor a Masters Degree in Piano from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, a Doctorate in Composition from the University of Toronto, and a Masters Degree in Education in Supervision and Administration from Baruch College.
Carolyn Scimone-Rowan teaches general music and chorus at Mount Kisco Elementary School. She is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music and has a Masters degree from The Juilliard School. Prior to her teaching career, Mrs. Scimone- Rowan was a professional opera singer. Her credits include Glimmerglass Opera, Aspen Opera Company, San Diego Opera, Connecticut Opera, Tanglewood Festival, Caramoor and Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center. She can be heard on Etcetera Records.