ANGELA AMMERMAN, PhD
Angela Ammerman, referred to as the first "music teacher prodigy" by the Washington Post, is a passionate and innovative music teacher educator, conductor, author, and consultant. Most recently, Dr. Ammerman published The Music Teacher's Guide to Recruitment and Retention, as well as "The Music Teacher's Guide to Engaging English Language Learners" and is hard at work on her next book on Classroom Management. Ammerman teaches Lab Orchestra, Aural Skills classes, and supervises string student teachers at George Mason University. Ammerman was hired in 2017 as the Director of Music Education and Orchestras at the University of Tennessee at Martin (UTM) where she built a robust program of dedicated music educators.
Recognized as FCPS’ Top Teacher in 2017, Dr. Ammerman attributes much of her success to her musical upbringing. Recognized by the Virginia House of Delegates in 2016 for her dedication to instilling a life-long passion for music in all of her students, Angela Ammerman diligently works to now pass along these teaching and mentorship qualities to her own Music Education students. In 2016, Dr. Ammerman was named the Virginia Orchestra Director of the Year in 2016, was a finalist for the Fairfax County Public Schools’ Teacher of the Year and Washington Post Teacher of the Year, and was also a finalist for the University of Tennessee at Martin Advisor of the Year in 2018.
Ammerman is in high demand as a guest conductor, speaker, and clinician for sessions and workshops at local, state, national, and international conferences and in-services. Ammerman recently conducted the Georgia All State Middle School Orchestra, California All State Jr. High Orchestra in 2023, and the 2023 Tennessee 9/10 All State Orchestra.
Dr. Ammerman is published in the String Research Journal, the American String Teachers Journal, and the Teaching Music Journal. Dr. Ammerman is known for an emphasis on play-based learning, humor, a unique style, and for the creation of the first ever Future Music Educators Camp as well as her Music Education Podcast: #MusicEdLove.