Heidi O'Connor-Brook (violin): As a musician and former collegiate athlete, Heidi is passionate about the importance of arts, culture and healthy living in the lives of children and youth. Graduating from the University of Alaska Fairbanks with a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance, Heidi grew up in the rural Yukon Territory near Whitehorse. Heidi spent four years as a private instructor for the Young Native Fiddlers. She has also taught Suzuki violin and traditional fiddling for community programs and public schools in Whitehorse.
The quartet's first summer class is Voices on the Land where participants will learn how to apply brain research into their classroom practice and understand how the arts increase student engagement and achievement. A particular focus will be the cultural arts of Southeast Alaska and performing arts that can amplify the stories of this region - in person and via media. The quartet will work with teachers, local artists and cultural leaders to explore a variety of arts activities that they can use to integrate the performing, visual, cultural and media arts into their curriculum.
For more information: University of Alaska Southeast's MAT in Secondary Education with a Certification in K-12 Music program.