Lynn Grossman has been teaching general music to elementary-aged children in the Rochester area for more than a decade. As a leader in her field, she has shared her work and research as a clinician for the New York City Department of Education, the National Association of Music Education, and many other conferences in the United States and the United Kingdom. In 2015, she won the Yale Music Educators Award for her collaboration with a local arts organization. Her current research focuses on student creativity, improvisation, and composition. She serves as the past-president for the NY Chapter of the Gordon Institute for Music Learning, where she helps create professional learning opportunities for local music educators. Lynn holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education and Bassoon Performance and a Master’s degree in Music Education, both from the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester.
What do you love most about your job?
I love working with the Lower School students because they are so eager to explore and create through musical play. The best part of my work is helping students become more independent music-makers. I truly enjoy seeing their progression as learners; creating and expressing meaningful, musical ideas while making connections to their broader learning.
What’s the best part about working at Allendale Columbia?
Allendale Columbia is a unique environment in which students’ ideas, inquiries, and personal creativity are valued and cultivated every day. Through our strong sense of community, we see the strengths in all children, and have opportunities to develop strong, meaningful relationships with our students and families.
If you could do any job in the world besides what you do now, what would it be and why?
If not Music, then you would probably find me teaching Art instead! The visual arts have always been a personal interest of mine. As in music teaching, I am happiest when I can share knowledge and skills that help others develop and express their own creativity.
Please list a fun or interesting fact about you people may not know.
The first “teaching job” I ever had was not in a classroom, but instead on a farm in the Hudson Valley. This farm’s mission was education-based, and I had attended many programs and participated in 4H as a child. By high school, I was teaching children how to care for animals, as well as homestead skills, like making candles and baskets, felting wool, and baking bread. Through this experience, I discovered my own passion for working with young people.