Hello! My name is Cyndy McAtee. I have been a music teacher at North Daviess School Corporation for over thirty-seven years. I taught in the South Montgomery School Corporation for a year and a half prior to that. My undergraduate college work was completed at the University of Evansville in 1978 with a Bachelor of Music Education degree. Graduate work was completed at Indiana University in 1986 with a Master of Science in Education. My major instrument in college was the piano, and I enjoy playing Impressionist Music, especially that of Claude Debussy. I’ve also been a scrapbook enthusiast since childhood. Combining my love of genealogy and photography with a large collection of family memorabilia, making heritage scrapbooks naturally became a favorite pastime.
My teaching experience at ND began at the High School where I taught Chorus and general music, and it also included a few grades at the now-leveled Odon Elementary School. I enjoyed the North Daviess Singers group (not the early morning rehearsals) and the Solo and Ensemble Contests. The most memorable part, though, was the annual Musical.
Now I am teaching the children of my former students. It has been a pleasure to be in the ND community. There are so many students whom I can never forget. The students today are different than when I first started teaching, but most of them come to me with a basic love of music, just like their parents did, years ago.
This will be an exciting year due to the addition of Ableton Push units with Ableton Live on all laptops from grades three to six! We also received ukuleles from the Donor’s Choose program, and we have enough for a whole classroom. We will be making beautiful music this year!
In the Fall of 2004 our school purchased a new Yamaha Clavinova. It is a great keyboard with a beautiful sound. The touch can be adjusted, which is great because I like keyboards with a heavy action. The students enjoy taking turns playing it in class. There is a function on it called “Follow the Lights” that makes learning music easy for even the youngest students. Songs can be raised or lowered in pitch. Different styles are available for accompaniments. This makes practicing the same song over and over a lot more fun as students can sing the song in a country & western style one day and a rhythm and blues style the next.
A few years ago, the sixth grade music students and I worked on a grant from the Southwest Indiana Network for Education. We were able to purchase 10 Yamaha keyboards and 11 Casio keyboards. The Iota Rho Chapter of Psi Iota Xi donated several copies of group piano instruction books and helped me to purchase 3 more Casio keyboards. We are very grateful to both of these organizations for helping the NDE music program. THANK YOU!!! Check out the Pictures link at the left to see the keyboards.
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Cyndy may be contacted at North Daviess School at firstname.lastname@example.org.