PreK-5th Music, Library, Middle School Choir and Stage Performance Teacher
“My heart, O God, is steadfast, my heart is steadfast; I will sing and make music.” Psalm 57:7
Music has always been a huge part of Ms. Reichert’s life. She’s had an active career teaching elementary music, middle and high school choir and middle and high school drama and taught K-8 music at two private schools before coming to Willamette Christian School.
Ms. Reichert has taught performing arts camps for several years and has directed many plays and musicals, including “Guys and Dolls Jr.,” “Alice in Wonderland Jr” and “Willy Wonka Jr.”
She lent her voice to the Tacoma Symphony Chorus for three years and has performed in several productions. She has privately taught piano and voice lessons since college. She earned a bachelor’s in music (vocal/choral/piano) from Central Washington University and received a Residency Teaching Certificate for K-8 Elementary Education from Heritage University. In college, she went to Japan with her chamber choir and performed with a Japanese choir.
She inherited her love of performing from her parents, who own a three-screen movie theater in Othello, Washington, where she grew up. Her mother is Italian and makes a mean marinara sauce that she hasn’t quite perfected yet (it’s Uncle Silvio’s recipe!). Jazzercise is a fun activity for her, and she loves being outdoors.
“I would like my students leaving my room feeling comfortable in their own skin, confident to be who they are, able to praise God through music and love and support each other’s talents—we all have special talents!”
IN THE CLASSROOM
In elementary school, students learn musical elements/terms through singing, movement and experimentation with instruments. Also covered is how music connects to many subjects, including reading, writing, math, history, cultures and science.
In middle school, students explore singing in a group through blending, intonation, technique, ear training, singing in parts and singing literature from different genres. In the stage performance class, students learn elements of theater, including theater terms, the seven characteristics of a good stage voice, pantomime, improvisation, drama games that teach specific skills, short scenes, skits and behind-the-scenes jobs.