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Mary Scholtens


This is my 18th year at Whitesides and it has been the most rewarding experience I can imagine. Every year I grow as a music educator and the most rewarding aspect of being a teacher is what I learn from my students. I am committed to fostering musicianship in every student with whom I come into contact. I enjoy teaching singing and folk instruments to my students (dulcimer, harmonica, ukulele, and recorder) so that they can become well-rounded young musicians and be encouraged and enthused about continuing to sing and play instruments at the middle and high school levels and beyond! My students know that I am not done learning more and more about music every year--I love playing clarinet in the Charleston Community Band and playing the Great Highland bagpipes in Charleston Police Pipes and Drums and competing as a soloist and as a member of a band at Scottish Festivals thorought the Southeast and performing for community events as a clarinet player and as a piper. My other hobbies include reading and studying Spanish.

Music is an academic pursuit in its own right, but it is also my firm belief that music is a medium for developing literacy skills and reasoning skills, and is a valuable multi-disciplinary approach and context for learning about social studies, history, math, and MORE! Music is not only a core subject, but an encore subject as well—I love what I do!

I earned by bachelor's degree in music education as well as my master's degree in woodwind instrument performance from the University of Michigan. I grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan and spend my summers in my beloved Northern Michigan. Many people say that I live a charmed life with summers in Michigan and fall/winter/spring in South Carolina. I agree!

My husband is a biology professor at The College of Charleston. Our daughter attends Wando High School and our son is a recent graduate of The University of Edinburgh. Everyone in my family sings and plays instruments and so it is kind of noisy at our house!

I hope that everyone has
a very rewarding and productive year at Whitesides!

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