Caitlin Harris

Caitlin Harris with Book

Role

My goal as a teacher is to create lifelong learners and lovers of music in a safe learning environment. In order for this to happen, I want to create inspirational, motivational lesson plans that engage all modes of learning. My mission is to access multiple intelligences and integrate cross curricular lessons, and connect them to music education. My hope is to bring the joy of music and learning to my classroom, and to inspire learners to be highly involved in music.

Professional Background

I attended the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign and majored in Music Education, with a focus in General Music Education. The summer after graduating, I received my level I certification in both Orff and Kodaly at DePaul University in Chicago, IL. After my first year of teaching, I began working on my Master’s Degree in Music Education at Eastern Illinois University. I spent my first three years teaching general music to grades 1-3 at Carl Sandburg Elementary School in Charleston, IL. The following two years I taught chorus to grades 5-12 in the Westville School District in Westville, IL. I am excited to begin my sixth year of teaching at Discovery Elementary School, and return to general music.

Personal Interests

I am a big believer in pursuing musical interests outside of teaching, so I enjoy participating in community bands, choruses, and musical theater/community theater. When at home, I love to read and spend time with my two rambunctious dogs and cat. I was born and raised in Germany, and I love traveling and learning more about the world when the opportunity presents itself. I also obtained a license to officiate weddings last year to marry a music teacher friend from Charleston, and I will be officiating my second wedding at Disney World this spring for one of my best friends from college!

Literary Connection

I enjoy sharing songs with meaningful texts that have been turned into children’s books. The book that comes to mind is Over in the Meadow, in which multiple concepts are integrated into the telling of the story. This beautiful picture book can be sung by the teacher, and encourages students to recognize rhyming words, and their connection to counting. This is a great example of a cross curricular book that can be tied to music and learning with the younger grades.

Courses

  • Music - Grade 1
  • Music - Grade 5
  • Music - Kindergarten
  • Music - Grade 4
  • Music - Grade 2
  • Music - Montessori Grades PK-K
  • Music - Grade 3