About MeName: Elise BjordammenPosition: Instrumental Music. BAND
Welcome to my webpage. I have taught many areas of music in the district and have enjoyed them all. I am always energized while working with kids and music!
My education in the area of music began as a kid taking piano lessons which I continued for 12 years. I participated in both choral and instrumental music through high school and was awarded the opportunity to perform at the PA all-state and all-eastern(Boston, MA) level conferences and attended the summer program of PA Governor's School for the Arts at Bucknell University.
I furthered my music studies at Indiana University (Jacobs School of Music) in Bloomington Indiana. At IU I had incredible performing opportunities, but also developed a passion for the art of teaching! After coming to the Upper Merion Area School District, I finished my master's degree at West Chester University, specializing in Orff-Schulwerk pedagogy. I returned to West Chester University to serve as an adjunct supervisor in the music education department in 2008. In recent years I have studied with the dynamic Dr. Quincy Hilliard, a composer of band music, conductor, and music educator at University of Louisiana.
When I'm not teaching in Upper Merion, I'm often on the opera stage! This past spring and summer, I performed the role of Leila in Gilbert and Sullivan's, Iolanthe with The Savoy Company at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre in Philadelphia as well as in the United Kingdom. This coming fall, I will be singing the role of Grandmother in César Cui's opera of Little Red Riding Hood with Delaware Valley Opera Company at the Venice Island Theatre in Manayunk, Philadelphia on November 4th. This show is geared to families with children!
It is my goal to inspire my students in the Upper Merion community not only to play their instruments well, but also to develop a love and understanding of music that lasts for many years to come!
Last Modified on August 30, 2018