Bell has taught general music at at Leggee since it opened 16 years ago.
In the Q&A, she discusses a number of topics, from the goals she has for her students as they move from elementary to middle school, how she teaches the difference between music and “noise,” and how she works to align music lessons with what students are learning in other areas of the curriculum throughout the year.
Also highlighted in the annual American Idol-style activity she holds in her classroom.
“We work very hard throughout the year to create a safe environment where students feel comfortable expressing themselves,” she told the paper. “Sometimes even I am surprised by seeing the students who I thought were shy, really come to life when participating in this activity. It’s so rewarding to see the enthusiasm the students have for this project and to see them grow musically.”