Angela Ammerman, the first graduate from George Mason University's PhD in Music Education program, is the head of the Music Education program at the University of Tennessee at Martin where she hopes to pass on her passion for teaching music to students of all backgrounds, income levels, and language skills.  Ammerman was named Orchestra Director of the Year by the Virginia American String Teachers Association and has recently been nominated for the Music and Arts National Teacher of the Year Award.  Ammerman earned her Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music (CCM); and her Master's of Music Education from Boston University.   

In the course of her studies Mrs. Ammerman has performed under the direction of distinguished conductors James Levine, Erich Kunzel, Xian Zhang, Steven Coker, and Mark Gibson. Mrs. Ammerman studied piano with Michael Chertock of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and Dr. Richard Morris. Additionally, Ammerman studied music education theory and practice with authorities Dr. Lizbeth Wing, and McGraw Hill's Multi-Cultural Specialist Dr. Rene Boyer.

 Upon graduation from CCM, Mrs. Ammerman taught general music classes for Miamisburg City Schools, Miamisburg, Ohio. In 2007, she and her husband relocated to Jacksonville, North Carolina where she was appointed Orchestra Director of Swansboro Middle and High School. While in North Carolina, Mrs. Ammerman drastically increased orchestra membership, consistently received superior ratings at festival, and was selected Beginning Teacher of the Year. In 2010, Mrs. Ammerman was awarded the position of Orchestra Director at Robinson Middle School and Bonnie Brae Elementary School.   While living in Stafford, Ammerman also conducted the Rappahannock Youth Symphony's Primo Orchestra from 2011 - 2014, Angela Ammerman recently left an orchestra program of nearly 120 students at Annandale High School in Fairfax County Public Schools.  

Ammerman's research has been featured in American String Teacher Journals as well as the Stringendo and Fingerboard Publications.  Ammerman has presented research and practical sessions at International, National, and State Music Education Conferences and she has been an active adjudicator, clinician, and guest conductor.  

Mrs. Ammerman's studies and experiences have laid the groundwork for her philosophy of music education: that Critical Pedagogy provides students with a transformative and synergetic learning environment. Mrs. Ammerman looks forward to helping students realize that music is a culturally valuable activity for everyone's enjoyment; that music is historically relevant, provides a lab for students to apply the scientific method, and is a universal form of self and group expression.

Since Ammerman has been at Annandale High School, she has initiated a number of programs including the Annandale Area Orchestra for elementary students, the Annandale Summer Camp, the Annandale Symphonic Orchestra, and Music Major Night.  In addition to her many activities, she has also started the first ever Future Music Educators Camp for students who might be interested in majoring in Music Education.  Ammerman is also teaching a course on Classical Music at George Mason University for undergraduate students.

Mrs. Ammerman lives with her husband, Allen Ammerman and three dogs in Alexandria, Virginia. She is a member of the Music Educators National Conference, American String Teachers Association, and has been a guest conductor in All County and All City Orchestras. In her free time, she enjoys reading, writing, shoe shopping and practicing!


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