For the past 5 years, Jennifer Patterson has been the elementary music specialist for almost 700 students at Warren Hills Elementary School in Liberty, MO, after beginning her career for 4 years at Spring Valley Elementary School in Raytown, MO.
Jennifer directs a 4th and 5th grade Orff ensemble, The Warren Hills Treble Makers. They have performed twice at the MMEA In-Service/Workshop (2016, 2019). Each of these performances had a profound impact on her students!
An alumni of Park Hill High School, Jennifer pursued music education at the University of Missouri- Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance (BME, 2008) and University of Central Missouri (MA, 2017).
With a background in dance, choir, musical theater, band and color guard, being an elementary music specialist was meant to be! Her Orff-Schulwerk certification and Master Class are from Baker University and national Kodály certification from the University of Central Missouri. She is a past president and current historian/social media coordinator of the Heart of America Chapter of the American Orff-Schulwerk Association as well as serving on the Social Media Subcommittee for AOSA.
She has presented professional development for organizations including MCDA (2016, 2018) and has an upcoming workshop for Heart of America Orff. Jennifer also creates resources for elementary music specialists that are available on Teachers Pay Teachers and is a featured author in Activate magazine (Heritage Music Press).
None of this would be possible without her very supportive husband Sean (who she met back in marching band!) Together they have two sons, Evan (age 7) and Colin (age 5), and two dogs (Lizzy and Fred).