A native of Kansas, Sheila Baer resides in Washington/Union MO. As James Taylor and Roy Ayers have said, “…musicians have a duty, a responsibility to reach out…” and “the true beauty of music is that it connects people. It carries a message, and we, the musicians, are the messengers.” MMEA is the place where musicians come together to do just these things. It would be an honor to serve as the Early Childhood/Elementary VP for MMEA. Mrs. Baer desires to provide innovative presenters so you feel refreshed and inspired to be that messenger to your students and communities.
Our world is full of beautiful music, but often we encounter obstacles. Mrs. Baer believes we should empower students to find their individual voices. Our classrooms can provide a safe place for students who may face obstacles every day.
An educator of 20+ years, Mrs. Baer began her career in Indiana, teaching 6th – 8th grade General & Choral music. Her next adventure was PreK-8th grade at Stephens College Lab School in Columbia, MO. After moving to St Louis, she worked as a volunteer teaching music in various preschools. Currently, she teaches PreK-6 general music at Beaufort Elementary in Union RXI district, where she directs a 4th-6th grade non-auditioned choir. She is co-director of the East Central Children’s Chorale (3rd – 8th grade) at East Central College in Union, MO. Mrs. Baer is a member of the St. Louis Symphony Educational Task Force which works to bring musicians into schools and professional development to teachers. Mrs. Baer holds a Masters of Music Education with an emphasis in Kodály from Univ. of Central Missouri. She has completed Orff Levels I & II and Level I World Music Drumming. Mrs. Baer is active with the MMEA mentoring program and is VP for Elementary Music in District #7. Her professional memberships include NAfME, MMEA, AOSA, St. Louis Orff Chapter, and SLAKE an affiliate of OAKE. Sheila’s family has been influential to her profession -thank you Jonathan, Jesse & Kaedi, Anneliese & Caleb, and Katie – you are the best.