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  • Music Education
  • School

  • Rome School of Music, Drama, and Art
  • Expertise

  • Nonverbal Communication In Teaching Music
  • Kod�ly Techniques In Music Education
  • Music Education For Teacher Educators
  • The Ward Method
  • A national leader in choral organizations and performance

    Battersby currently serves as the Mid-Atlantic Coordinator for the Pueri Cantores, the national student choral organization of the Catholic Church in the United States, an adjudicator of choral festivals in Montgomery and Baltimore Counties and has worked on many educational outreach projects with Juilliard and other organizations.


    • Nonverbal Communication: Increasing Awareness in the General Music Classroom

      In a General Music Today article, Battersby discusses how nonverbal exchanges such as hand gestures or facial expressions between a teacher and students can impact learning experiences in music classrooms or rehearsals. Being aware of nonverbal output can help teachers be more consistent and effective communicators and create environments that are conducive to positive learning experiences and exciting classrooms.

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    • Getting a Jump Start in Implementing a Kod�ly-Based Music Classroom

      Battersby discusses the best practices for successful collaboration of teaching the Kod�ly method in an elementary music classroom setting. An overview of the Kod�ly method is presented, highlighting the history and philosophy behind the approach.

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    • The Culture of Professional Learning Communities and Connections to Improve Teacher Efficacy and Support Student Learning

      Race to the Top school improvement grant recipients unanimously chose to incorporate some type of professional learning community (PLC) as a requirement of the grant to advance educational reforms and effective professional development. This article presents a rational for the implementation of PLC's for music teachers in order to address teacher isolation and attrition.

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