Title: Multiple Subject Teacher
Company: Fairfax High School
Location: Los Angeles, California, United States
Denise Alane Quan, multiple-subject teacher at Fairfax High School, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in education and music.
With nearly 30 years of experience as a music educator, Ms. Quan is fortunate to have had the ability to inspire countless generations of students and musicians alike. Prior to establishing herself at Fairfax High School in the Los Angeles Public School District, she found success at John Muir Middle School teaching a variety of courses, including engineering, mathematics, art, history, and Spanish. Moreover, she has served as the director of the orchestra, band, and choir at Marina del Rey Middle School and the director of music at the Hillcrest Center for Enriched Studies Music Magnet. In addition to her career as an educator, she participates as a soprano in the California Philharmonic Chorale, the Brentwood-Palisades Chorales, and the Los Angeles Metropolitan Opera.
Ms. Quan obtained an Associate of Art in music, summa cum laude, from Los Angeles City College in 1991, a Bachelor of Art in humanities, summa cum laude, and a Bachelor of Music in music education, summa cum laude, from the University of Southern California in 1994. During this time, she is proud to have been named to the Dean’s List at both institutions in addition to earning the Valedictorian Award from Los Angeles City College and both the Music Department Service Award and the Chamber Singers Ensemble Award from the University of Southern California. She continued her studies at the University of Southern California and subsequently earned a Master of Music, specializing in music education, in 2001. She is certified to teach in the State of California and has completed the requirements for the Sequential Music Training Program through the Organization of American Kodály Educators.
Ms. Quan has excelled as the director of advanced orchestra for the Saturday Conservatory of Music, an assistant lecturer at the University of Southern California, and a piano instructor on the music faculty of Los Angeles City College. Notably, she has contributed to the board of directors for the Saturday Conservatory of Music between 2001 and 2011 and the advisory board for the Los Angeles City College’s department of music from 1998 to 2008. She has authored works such as “A Study of Fijian Meke,” and “A Documentary History of the Saturday Conservatory of Music at California State University, Los Angeles, 1967-1981.”
Reflecting on her career, Ms. Quan is honored to have led her students to perform Mozart for the Consulate General of Austria. Over the course of her career, she has maintained affiliations with the National Education Association, the International Society of Bassists, the National Association of Music Education, the National Flute Association, and the Organization of American Kodály Educators. For her achievements, she has been recognized for inclusion in 15 editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education, and Who’s Who of American Women and presented with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. Additionally, she was nominated for the Los Angeles County Bravo Award.
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