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Schmittle Bio

Ms. Schmittle holds a K-12 teaching endorsement in music. Ms. Schmittle graduated with honors from Temple University in Philadelphia with degrees in music education and Spanish language and literature. She is certified in all three levels of Orff Schulwurk. She is dedicated to public school education and arts integration. She has been teaching at Decatur since 2015. Her favorite way to teach music is through active music making and utilizing student created performances. When she is not teaching, she enjoys cooking, singing in many choirs in the city, and being outdoors.

Recent Posts

Students in costume
5th Grade Students went on a field trip to the Lyric Opera for a backstage tour! They viewed the theater from all different heights, walked on the catwalk, tried on costumes, learned about wigs, saw the stage hands setting up for an opera, and learned all about different backstage jobs. Check out the photo album page for more! 

6th Grade In Studio Performance

6th grade students spent music classes in the first marking period working on drums and percussion. Their learning spanned from a backbeat on drum set to learning all about West African drums and percussion like the djembe, dun duns, shekere, and gankogui. They culminated their learning with an in studio performance including a drum warm up, complimentary rhythmic ostinatos, and two songs the students arranged with their classmates. Both songs, Take Time in Life and Banuwa, originated in Liberia. Attached is a performance from one of the 6th grade classes!