The department is proud to welcome Dr. LaSaundra Booth as Lecturer in Music Education. Dr. Booth has been teaching music since 2003. Most recently she served as an Adjunct Professor of Music at Winston Salem State University and as the String Orchestra Director of Underwood GT Magnet Elementary from 2019 to 2021. She served as a Subject Matter Expert for Lincoln Learning Solutions from 2017 to 2020 and an Online Virtual Music Teacher at Edmentum from 2019 to 2020. She also has experience teaching string orchestra, chorus, piano, and general music at the high school, middle school, and elementary school level. Get to know Dr. Booth a little better and see what she had to say about teaching in the music department!
What is your position on faculty and what courses are you teaching this year?
I am the new lecturer for music education. This fall I am teaching EDUC 601. I also co-teachMUS 227 Keyboard, Vocal, and Elementary Music Techniques. In Spring 2022 I will teach EDUC 601 and co-teach EDUC 593, and MUS 228 Principles of Teaching Music.
What is your favorite part of teaching?
My favorite part of teaching is assisting the next generation of teacher leaders in making their contributions to our profession.
What is your favorite part of research?
My favorite part of research is analyzing data, identifying common themes that emerge, and making recommendations for future research.
What is the project that you’re most excited about currently?
I am most excited about helping our next generation of teacher leaders prepare to collect evidence and write narratives to complete their edTPA journey.
What are some of your non-musical hobbies?
I am the author of a cookbook called “Meals for Musicians: Delicious Meals to Fit Your Busy Lifestyle” and have a vegetable garden! I am also REALTOR with Keller William’s United in Chapel Hill.
If your students could learn one thing from you, what do you hope it will be?
I hope that my students learn how to lead and thrive in the classroom.
What music are you currently listening to?
My favorite artists are Darrell Walls, Kierra Sheard, Anthony Brown, and Rich Tolbert Jr.
Anything else you’d like students to know about you or your teaching?
I am excited to teach music education courses at UNC-Chapel Hill. It is my hope that each of our teacher leaders thrive as they lead diverse, equitable, and inclusive music programs.