About Me

Update Winter 2015:

I am a music teacher in a rural area. I love all things tech related. I have been known to spend hours on the net over the summer just looking for new things to bring into my classroom. Visit my music room webpage at www.mrsmuench.com.

I enjoy cooking but not cleaning, gardening but not exercise and learning but not grading.

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My Experience

Brenda D. Muench

Education

Bachelor of Science in Music Education – University of Illinois – 1996

Teaching Experience

Iroquois West CUSD 10
1996 – present

Vocal Music Teacher

1996 – 2005

  • K-3 General Music Classes twice a week

  • Middle School Chorus daily

  • Small group lessons with Middle School Chorus students weekly

  • Co-Direct High School Musical in alternating years

2005 – 2008

  • K-3 General Music Classes twice a week

  • 4-5 General Music Classes once a week

  • 4th grade and 5th grade Chorus twice weekly

  • Middle School Chorus daily

  • Small group lessons with Middle School Chorus students weekly

  • Mentor new Band Directors

2008 – present

  • K-3 General Music Classes twice a week

  • Assist teachers across the district in integrating technology

  • Mentor new Band and Chorus Directors

Special Projects

  • Began program that offered MS Chorus students small group lessons during the school day

  • Expanded the 4-5 Chorus to numbers large enough to split into 2 separate groups

  • Launched Music with Mrs. Muench (www.mrsmuench.com) – one of the most visited sites on the Iroquois West website

  • Guided a group of boys to start Maroon4 (http://maroonfour.edublogs.org/) a group blog to showcase their compositions

  • Set up website to post practice tracks for Middle School students auditioning for IMEA All District

  • Launched individual 5th grade music blogs for 2007/2008 school year

  • Participated in interviews for all current instrumental and vocal teachers