Alumni Spotlight: Chelsea Silvermintz

csilvermintzChelsea Silvermintz has been a band director in the Lindbergh School District (St. Louis, Missouri) since 2008. At Lindbergh, she instructs 6th through 12th grade band, including the “Spirit of St. Louis” Marching Band, the Concert Band, the Freshman Band, Woodwind Choir, 6th grade clarinets, and 7th grade woodwinds. She and her six colleagues team-teach a total of approximately 800 band students on a daily basis. Prior to teaching at Lindbergh, Mrs. Silvermintz taught band at McDowell Middle School in Hondo, Texas and worked previously with the Racine Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps as a brass and visual instructor.

A Texas native, Chelsea received her Bachelor of Music in Music Studies from the SIUE in 2010 while working full time as a band director. She felt that the ability to pursue this degree while working in the field enhanced her educational experience and made her a better teacher. Chelsea graduated from SIUE with her Master of Music in Music Education in 2014 and was the recipient of the Kurt W. Engbretson Music Education Award.

Chelsea Silvermintz studied in the trumpet studios of Ray Crisara, Ray Sasaki and John Korak and has been a member of the St. Louis Brass Band since 2009, performing on both cornet and baritone. While studying at the University of Texas, Chelsea traveled the country as a member of the Longhorn Marching Band and the Cadets Drum & Bugle Corps.

Chelsea Silvermintz is an active member of the Music Educators National Conference, Missouri Bandmasters Association, Phi Kappa Phi, and the National Education Association. Chelsea also currently serves as the band vice president for the St. Louis Suburban Music Educators Association. She lives in St. Louis with her husband Ben Silvermintz, a music teacher in the Parkway School District, and her sons Sawyer and Conrad.

Statement Regarding SIUE Education

The opportunity to conduct graduate work at SIUE while teaching full time increased my effectiveness in the classroom. Whether through content-specific action research projects or the deep study of music history and educational theory, I gained insights and fostered new understandings that directly impacted student learning on a daily basis.

 

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