singing, movement, music literacy

Making Music at Hart

At Hart our goal is to make very student a confident musician. We start with the easiest and most natural instrument, the voice. Through singing and movement students learn to hear and describe melodic and rhythmic patterns and their relationships. Every human is born with the ability to sing well and have a sense of rhythm. We will nurture those natural abilities and create well rounded creative students.

Choir Rehearsals are Tuesdays from 3-5:30 for 3rd through 5th grades

Recorder Club Begins in the Spring on Wednesdays from 3-5:30

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Meredith Riggs - Primary Music Teacher

2004 Southwestern University - Bachelor of Music and Education

Mrs. Riggs is a collector of songs. She is always looking for the most interesting repertoire for her students. She is also a deep thinker. She spends time finding ways to challenge the musicianship of her students by adding partwork and movement in every musical task. Singing is her favorite thing, and she wants to help every student find their love of singing.

Mrs. Riggs has been teaching music in Austin ISD since 2007.

She is also the mentor teacher for all new elementary music teachers in AISD.

She conducted the All City Honor Choir in 2010.

Mrs. Riggs has also written curriculum for the the Music Dept, and has written assessments for the Department of Educator Quality.

Mrs. Riggs has presented Kodaly workshops in Austin, San Antonio, and Humble, TX.

She has also presented at OAKE National Conventions in 2015, and 2016

Mrs. Riggs also sings with Chorus Austin.

Victoria Tijerina - Webb Primary

Texas Lutheran University, Bachelor of Music Education 2012

Ms. Tijerina is a talented musician, and caring person. She is full of energy and the desire to inspire a love of music in every student. She has completed level one of her Kodaly certification courses, and is on her way to becoming an expert.

Ms. Tijerina also sings with Chorus Austin, and at University United Methodist Church.

Mary Manceaux - Sims Elementary

Ms. Manceaux is full of optimism, creativity, a joy of life, and tenacity (will never give up on a student). She has solid foundation in music pedagogy, and a desire to help everyone live up to their full potential finding their gifts and encouraging them to share it with our world.

Mary Manceaux started her college career at L.S.U. in Baton Rouge, LA majoring in music therapy. Ms. Manceaux then went to Loyola University in New Orleans, LA majoring in music education and minoring in trumpet performance.

Ms. Manceaux began her teaching career in general music, pre K – 8th grade, choir and theater. At the same time she began a master’s degree in string education at Southeastern University in Hammond, LA. For the next few years Ms. Manceaux taught band, choir, general music, piano, theater & strings 4th-12th grade in the Catholic School System in the greater New Orleans area.

Then Ms. Manceaux moved into the public school system teaching marching band, concert band & jazz band at East St. John High School followed by teaching band at Roosevelt Middle School in Kenner, LA.

During this time Ms. Manceaux was named Teacher of the Year during her second year at Roosevelt Middle School and was a finalist for LA Teacher of the Year. During her last year in teaching in LA, MS. Manceaux was voted as Director of the Year and was the clinician for the Jefferson Parish Elementary Honor Band.

In August of 2005, Ms. Manceaux experienced the most difficult time in her life as well as in her teaching career. After a week of school, hurricane Katrina devastated the area where Ms. Manceaux lived and taught. When word was given that is was safe to return home (3 months after evacuating), Ms. Manceaux returned to find her school in very bad shape. So many of the students could not return to school because they no longer had a place to stay. All of the instruments had been sitting in 8 feet of water for 3 months; nothing was salvageable. The principal just looked at her and said, “Please help us to get these students’ minds off of the devastation all around them.” So, Ms. Manceaux purchased some drum sticks and taught. She also was up late at night trying to find grants that would enable her to get instruments into the hands of these students. Roosevelt Middle School was awarded a grant from the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation for $23,000 in repairs and over $125,000 in instruments! In addition, Ms. Manceaux was awarded The Mr. Holland’s Opus Award which included a $10,000 cash prize and a trip to Carnegie Hall in New York to receive this award.

At the end of the 2005-06 school year, Ms. Manceaux made the decision to move with her family to Austin, TX. She was the Director of Bands at Bedichek Middle School until this year where she decided to teach general music at Hart and Sims Elementary.

Hart Choir practicing at the University of Texas of the Inauguration of their new president

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