Mrs. Sondra Collins

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Mrs. Sondra Collins

Mrs. Sondra Collins has been teaching elementary music for twelve years in Marion county, the last seven of which have been at Shady Hill! She was elated to be nominated by her peers as Shady Hill’s 2016-17 Teacher of the Year. She also received the prestigious Yale University Distinguished Music Educator Award in 2013, and she was nominated as Romeo Elementary Rookie Teacher of the Year in 2010-11. She holds a Master of Music from Georgia State University and a Bachelor of Music from the University of Florida. After graduate school she first worked in retail management but changed careers in order to truly make a difference (and ultimately found her passion).

 

She also serves as a leader for fellow music educators, as she currently serves on the Awards Committee of the Florida Music Education Association and the Government Relations and Advocacy Committee of the Florida Music Education Association. In the past she has served a four-year tenure as the District 5 Chair on the Board of Directors of the Florida Elementary Music Educators Association, and she is the past President of the Heart of Florida Orff Chapter of the American Orff-Schulwerk Association and the past President of the Marion County Music Association. Mrs. Collins is also a past Emerging Leader of the Florida Music Education Association. Mrs. Collins is grateful to have the opportunity to teach her passion of music to the students at Shady Hill Elementary and to once again be teaching full-time music education in Marion County Public Schools, due to the referendum that has now passed twice to support MCPS.  

 

 Music Program

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Music Program

The mission of the Shady Hill Music program is to provide a quality and comprehensive music education to all students in Kindergarten through Fifth grade. This music education usually includes singing, playing instruments, moving to music, creating music, performing music, music appreciation, music history, music reading and notating, and much more (though this year's curriculum will look a little different, due to the pandemic).  Above all, the overall goal for Shady Hill students is to not only become better musicians and better performing artists, but better human beings. Your elementary student will learn to create and appreciate music in ways that will last a lifetime.

 

Under Mrs. Collins leadership, in 2016 Shady Hill Elementary was chosen as one of only six schools in the nation to win a Give a Note Foundation grant, a Radio Disney “ARDY” award, and a free Radio Disney Music in our Schools Tour 2016 concert. The entire school usually participates in quality music education and performances, including two all-school annual performances in the Winter and Spring, in which EVERY student at Shady Hill Elementary (ALL 650!) has the privilege of performing on stage, in front of hundreds of parents and community members (though this year's performances are yet to be determined, due to the pandemic).

 Music Performing Ensembles

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Music Performing Ensembles

The Shady Hill Harmony, Shady Hill’s premiere performing ensemble, performed eleven performances last 2019-2020 school year, for the school and community, including performing at community events and arenas, such as performing the National Anthem at a University of Florida Gator Men’s Basketball Game on ESPN2, FAFO, the MCPS Veteran’s Day Celebration at Veterans Memorial Park, Paddock Mall during the holidays, and Rainbow Springs State Park during the holidays (as well as various other community performances in previous years, such as performing at Walt Disney World’s Disney Springs Marketplace Stage, Market Street at Heath Brook, Kirby Farms Christmas Train, Silver Springs Village Cracker Days, and book events at Barnes and Noble). The Shady Hill Harmony was honored to be invited to perform at Walt Disney World in the late spring/early summer of 2020, though the pandemic had different plans. This 2020-21 school year, details of the Shady Hill Harmony are yet to be determined.

 

The Shady Hill Heart Beats is an elite instrumental performing ensemble of Shady Hill Elementary which is showcased at select performing events within the school, community, and county. Instrumental playing is the top priority of this group, with a very small amount of additional musical dancing and/or speech/singing. This 2020-21 school year, details of the Shady Hill Heart Beats are yet to be determined.