Connie Greenwood, Lead Teacher
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Connie Greenwood

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Connie Greenwood, Lead Teacher

Connie Greenwood has been teaching First Steps in Music at the University of Hartford's Hartt School Community Division since 2007. She has a B.Mus from the Hartt School, and has taught in the West Hartford Public Schools. She graduated from the University of Hartford's Hartt School with a Masters in Music Education degree. Connie also completed her Kodaly levels, Conversational solfege levels, and received her First Steps in Music certification. She is an officially certified teacher trainer in the First Steps in Music method and is a founding member of the FAME organization. 

Connie is featured in the documentary Music and Early Childhood, produced by Connecticut Public Television and has been conducting a children's choir in South Windsor since the fall of 2001. She also served as the University of Hartford's program director for The Lullaby Project, an out reach to young parents in the community, in conjunction with Carnegie Hall.

Connie has a passion for unleashing creativity and curiosity in children in a playful, musical manner. She has taught voice, guitar, piano, and recorder, and enjoys accompanying herself on folk guitar, autoharp, ukulele, and dulcimer. She loves teaching the First Steps in Music program because of its authenticity in folk music, how it connects generations, and its research-based benefits it gives to children.

Teaching Philosophy

My students vary enormously, from elementary school aged beginners, to middle and high school students with a range of levels of experience and engagement, to professionally oriented students (late high school to graduate programs), and to the occasional retired music-loving amateur. Hence my teaching approach must remain flexible while maintaining certain core elements that are essential to good teaching in general and to good string-playing and musicianship. It is important that I build a relationship with each student (and family) that helps me understand each student’s goals, both short- and longterm. I must also work to deliver guidance and information in a way that is both respectful and useful for the age and level of experience of each student. At all ages and levels, I seek to increase the students’ understanding of how the different elements of their musical pursuits work independently and collectively so that they can eventually guide their own development.