Lewis, K. Michelle
Michelle Lewis is a native of Louisville, Kentucky. She is currently serving as the District K-12 Music Specialist in Jefferson County Public Schools. She has 17 years of teaching experience in elementary music, middle school band/percussion and high school band/percussion in the public schools of Kentucky and Texas. In addition, she taught percussion ensemble and private lessons at Victoria College in Victoria, Texas. Her bands in Kentucky and Texas have won distinguished ratings at state assessments and performed at the state KMEA conference.
She received her Bachelor of Music Education from Morehead State University, a Masters in Percussion Performance from Rutgers University, a Rank I in Orff-Schulwerk from the University of Kentucky, and an administration certificate from the University of Louisville. She has studied percussion extensively with Frank Oddis, She-E Wu, and Dennis DeLucia.
Ms. Lewis has performed with a variety of ensembles including, but not limited to the Rutgers Wind Ensemble (Mark Custom Recordings), Rutgers Symphony Orchestra, Leigh Howard Stevens Marimba Seminar, Percussive Arts Society International Indoor Drumline Champions of Morehead State University, Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps, Victoria Symphony in Victoria, Texas and toured with a Texas Country-Rock Band in the Dallas and Houston area. In 1996, she place 2nd in the Percussive Arts Society International Marimba Competition. She currently performs with the Voices of Kentuckiana, The Brass Band of Louisville, Centerstage, and is a competitive snare drummer with the Louisville Pipe Band.
Ms. Lewis is published in the GIA Publication, “Orff Schulwerk-Reflections and Directions” for her implementation of Orff in Band. Michelle has written articles for the KMEA Bluegrass Music News and is a pioneer of creativity in the performing ensemble classroom using Orff inspired methods.
She is a member of the Kentucky Music Educator’s Association, National Association for Music Education, Kentucky Orff-Schulwerk Association, American Orff-Schulwerk Association, and Percussive Arts Society. In addition to these memberships, Ms. Lewis serves on the Executive Advisory Board for Composers and Schools in Concert, is on the KMEA Executive Board, and is a volunteer outreach member for the Jazz Education Network.
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