Ann McFarland

Title: Music Educator

Location: Key West, Florida, United States

Ann McFarland, Music Educator, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in music.

Dr. McFarland has long had a passion for music and was supported by her parents to pursue the field in her endeavors. Her father was not a trained musician, but played the tuba and encouraged her to pick up an instrument. In addition, her mother was supportive of her every choice, whether it was playing the piano, organ or the clarinet. As an educator, Dr. McFarland favors teaching and introducing children with the methods of Orff-Schulwerk. This unique pedagogy centers on encouraging young children to experiment with music by imitation, personal expression and play. It integrates music with movement, speech and drama. Dr. McFarland became a Music and Movement Teacher Level III from the American Orff-Schulwerk Association in 1999. In 2005, she became a Certified Movement Teacher with High Scope.

Dr. McFarland received a MusB from Susquehanna University in 1975. She continued at Temple University to receive a MusM from 1978. In 2006, she returned to her education, earning a PhD in music education from Temple University. In her career, she has taught at the Hempfield School District and the Conestoga Valley School District. In 1999, she joined the faculty of West Chester University as an assistant professor of music education. In 2010, she was named as an associate professor of the university and remained in this position until 2015. In addition to these roles, Dr. McFarland has been a presenter in the field with the International Music Educators Conferences and the Music Educators National Conference.

Consistently dedicated to her field of music education, Dr. McFarland has maintained professional affiliation with a number of organizations. These include the International Society of Music Educations, the Society for Ethnomusicology, the American Orff-Schulwerk Association and the Music Educators National Conference. In her career she has contributed to articles and professional journals and has been a pianist with the McFarland Piano Trio.

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