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Edie Duncan

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Edie has introduced elementary music to thousands of K-6 students in the Wallkill Central School Dist. for over 20 years as general/vocal music teacher and “enrichment liaison.” This year, however, she’s out and about the district as the string director of the “Wallkill Wire Choirs.” She received her BS in Music Education from Penn State University (1985) with dual concentrations in instrumental and elementary classroom music, an MS from Long Island University in education/edu technology (1990.) Since then, she completed Orff levels I, II, and III certifications at UNLV with DelellesKriske/McCrae and Master Class training with Jos Wuytag at the University of Memphis. For giggles, she graduated Kindermusik University and has been working on “geekdom” with many music technology classes-the most recent being at the Music Tech. Retreat in Carson, WA. Feeling too guilty to travel for vacation, she chooses distant locations for the the purpose of continuing her own education and enjoys spending time in Spanish Immersion programs in Costa Rica. Professional memberships include MENC, NYSSMA, AOSA, and Technology Institute for Music Ed. 

Edie was active for many years in the drum corps community as a performer and instructor, having marched with the Crossmen, NY Skyliners, and Hawthorne Caballeros, She taught bell lines, pit percussion, and color guard in several other districts and corps. 

She gives teacher-training workshops through UCMEA, OCMEA and has presented at the TI:ME Nat’l. conference. Edie is an active judge for marching arts, and was “Band Coordinator” for Metropolitan American Adjudicators/ Eastern Marching Band Associates. She has also adjudicated music/visual/percussion/ guards for NJMEA and CIPA and the NYC St. Patrick's Parade. In the spring, most weekends are spent as a string adjudicator for NYSSMA. 

Edie has also chaired many UCMEA county events, with a perpetual stint for the Young Elementary Music Symposium. 

She became a string instructor at the precursor to the NY School of Music over a decade ago, when her husband, seeking guitar lessons, volunteered her for the position. Pedagogically, she employs a combination of rote and reading (symbolic to traditional), following the elemental style of Orff. She received an instructor of the year award in 2005, and has been named in the 2002 and 2005 editions of "Who’s Who Among American Teachers." Going under the business name of "Yee-Haw Music," Edie knows her purpose on earth is to provide amusement for children, but does play recreationally and professionally and is the (electric) violinist with local band "Inner Monologue."

Main InstrumentStrings
Other Instrument(s)Violin, Fiddle, Double Bass, Viola, Cello
Level(s) TaughtBeginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Style(s) TaughtRock, Classical, Alternative, Bluegrass, Country
NYSM Program(s)Private Lessons

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