Lynn Grossman specializes in elementary general and instrumental music education. She studied bassoon performance and music education at the Eastman School of Music where she earned both her bachelor’s degree and master’s degree, and she taught K-2 music in the East Irondequoit School District for eight years. Lynn is the President of the New York Chapter of the Gordon Institute for Music Learning (NY-GIML), which provides professional learning opportunities to music educators. She has co-presented her work in the US and the UK and is co-author of a chapter in Envisioning Music Teacher Education (Rowman and Littlefield). She enjoys professional collaboration and research in music education and enjoys teaching music to AC’s Pre-Primary and Lower School students!
What do you love most about your job?
I love watching students become independent music makers, who create and share their own ideas and confidently perform with skill and expression. My favorite classroom moments are when an individual, or the group, discovers something new they are capable of through music.
What’s the best part about working at Allendale Columbia?
Allendale Columbia is such a unique environment in which students’ ideas, inquiries, and personal creativity are valued and cultivated. The entire school community is so warm and supportive.
If you could do any job in the world besides what you do now, what would it be and why?
If I were not teaching music, you would probably find me teaching art instead! As a musically and visually creative person, I am happiest when I am sharing these skills with others in a way that helps them develop their own creativity.
Please list a fun or interesting fact about you people may not know.
Before college, I worked at a farm in the Hudson Valley that had several educational programs for kids. I taught children homestead skills, like making candles and baskets, felting wool, and caring for farm animals. I raised an orphaned lamb through my 4H group and later I helped deliver her first lambs. I’ve always felt a connection to animals, the outdoors, and simple living. When I retire, I want to volunteer at the Genesee Country Village!