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June Music Teacher of the Month

Our Music Teacher of the Month is Dee Shaw. Congratulations! Shaw was nominated by a former student. She's the Arts Department Head at Essex District High School. She also plays the French horn!

May Music Student of the Month

Jaelie Lanier is our Music Student of the Month! Jaelie is in 11th grade at Rockville High School and has been attending Charter Oak Cultural Center for over 2 years. She has taken cooking, salsa dance, poetry, painting, and drawing and is currently in the Brass Band where she plays the clarinet.

April Music Teacher of the Month

Congrats to Jill Russell for being our Music Teacher of the Month! Working with Danbury Public Schools, we have known Ms. Russell for many years, so we can speak first-hand to her dedication to her students and music education. She is the Music Department Head and a K-8 teacher. This year, she's teaching instrumental music for grades 4 and 5 and special education music classes for grades K-5. She plays a little of everything, including the flute, clarinet, saxophone, ukulele, and cowbell!

March Music Student of the Month

Lucas Cosgrave is our Music Student of the Month! Nominated by his teacher at Project Music, Lucas is a 2nd-grade student from Stamford, Connecticut. He plays the flute.

February Music Teacher of the Month

Congrats to our February Music Teacher of the Month, Garrett Mendez! Mr. Mendez is the Artistic Director at Project Music, one of our long-time grantees. He plays the trombone and tuba, but he teaches all band instruments from woodwinds to brass to percussion. Thank you for being a great teacher!

January Music Student of the Month

Our Music Student of the Month is Anthony Dorlini! Nominated by his teacher, Ms. Cardamone, who was our first Music Teacher of the Month, Anthony is a 4th-grade student at Shelter Rock Elementary School in Danbury, Connecticut. He plays the trombone.

December Music Teacher of the Month

Nicole Cardamone is our very first Music Teacher of the Month! Congrats, Ms. Cardamone! She is a K-5 music and band teacher at Shelter Rock Elementary School in Danbury, CT. She plays the flute, trumpet, and French horn. Learn more about her, and please consider supporting her classroom through her Amazon Wish List.

November Music Student of the Month

8 year-old Kairos Mpanga is our Music Student of the Month. This third grader plays piano and drums at Neighborhood Studios, a grantee of ours currently celebrating their 45th anniversary!

October Music Student of the Month

Anthony was nominated to be our Student of the Month by his guitar teacher, Mr. Geo Suquillo, after having a wonderful summer camp participation. We want to recognize his hard work and efforts in sticking to the guitar during the past four years– he had just started with INTEMPO right before the pandemic and then he had to continue learning guitar through INTEMPO's online lessons.

August Music Student of the Month

Ethan Unruh is our Music Student of the Month. He uses his voice to sing in music class. He is in second grade at King Street Primary School in Danbury, Connecticut. Keep singing, Ethan!