Title: Music Educator (Retired)
Location: Frindley, Minnesota, United States
Marilyn Larson, Retired Music Educator, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in preschool and elementary education.
As a music educator for young children, Ms. Larson has helped future generations find an interest and passion for art. Knowing the impact music has had in her own life, she first pursued the field in her own academic pursuits. In 1955, she received a Bachelor of Science in music education from the University of Minnesota. She continued at the institution to receive a Master of Arts in music history, with honors, in 1957. She started her career as a teacher at her alma mater, teaching while participating in her own master’s program. From 1957 to 1960, she worked at Minneapolis Junior High School before working for Minneapolis Public Schools. From 1978, until her retirement in 1997, Ms. Larson was a teacher of general music at the preschool, elementary and junior high levels of St. Paul Public Schools.
From an early age, Ms. Larson showed an affinity for music. Her natural and developed talent earned her many scholarships. She received these from the Berkshire Music Center, the Tozer Foundation, the William Lindsey Piano Scholarship and the Laura E. Cassidy Scholarship. Furthermore, while matriculating, she was on the dean’s honor roll for all four years, and was a musical honorary of Sigma Alpha Iota and an education honorary of Pi Lambda Theta. She performed as a pianist and accompanist with the University of Minnesota and was the pianist for “In a Garden” at Nicholson Hall.
In addition to her roles as an educator, Ms. Larson was an accompanist for the St. Mary’s Home from 2001 to 2004 and a member of the INS Roundtable. She performed piano music for veterans and designed music curriculum for public schools in her area. She has also with the Salem Lutheran Church and directed the talent show at Phillips Junior High School. Ms. Larson has also channeled her passion as the founder and executive director of Minnesotans for Immigration Reform, and has been involved with the Music Teachers National Association and the Federation for American Immigration Reform.
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