Beyond the Measure: A Podcast for Music Educators

#13: How Classroom Structure Sets the Stage for Success | With Wendy Weeks

July 25, 2022 Christian and Kara Fortner Episode 13
Beyond the Measure: A Podcast for Music Educators
#13: How Classroom Structure Sets the Stage for Success | With Wendy Weeks
Show Notes

This week, Wendy Weeks, head choral director at Abilene High School, joins us to talk about the importance of having structure in your classroom from day 1, and how it affects the rest of the teaching and learning experience for both you and your students.

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A music educator of twenty-eight years, Wendy Weeks is serving her sixth year as Director of Choirs at Abilene High School.  Mrs. Weeks proudly hails from the outstanding music programs of the Abilene Independent School District, singing under the direction of Don Scargall at Madison Junior High, and Bobbie Sumerlin and Barbara Perkins at Cooper High School.  While in high school, Wendy had the privilege of performing the Brahms Requiem in the 1989 TMEA Texas All-State Choir under the direction of Robert Shaw.

Mrs. Weeks earned the Bachelor of Music degree from Abilene Christian University, where she majored in Music Education and Vocal Performance.  As a member of the ACU A Cappella Choir, she performed a concert at TMEA. As a vocal student of Julie Pruett, she participated in NATS competitions, opera and oratorio performances, musical theatre productions, and served as an ACU Sing Song Hostess.  She was awarded the Janey Nance Hall Music Scholarship in her senior year at ACU.  

In 1995, she began her teaching career at Cooper High School as Assistant Choral Director with her former choir teacher and mentor, Barbara Perkins.  From 2000 to 2011, Mrs. Weeks taught elementary music at College Heights and Jackson Elementary schools.  College Heights Elementary School honored Mrs. Weeks in 2002 by naming her Teacher of the Year.  Mrs. Weeks furthered her music education during the summers earning her Kodaly Certification through the West Texas Kodaly Initiative in 2008. 

From 2011 to 2017, Mrs. Weeks served as Choral Director at Craig Middle School, where she also acted as the Fine Arts/Electives Chairperson.  Under her leadership, the choral program grew from 120 students to one that served almost 300 students.  The Craig Choir annually placed many students in the TMEA Region XVI South Zone Honor Choirs, and consistently earned Sweepstakes ratings at UIL Concert & Sightreading contest each spring.  In 2014 and again in 2016 respectively, the Craig Concert Boys Choir and Concert Girls Choir were selected as Invited Performing Choirs to the Texas Music Educators Association’s annual convention in San Antonio.

Mrs. Weeks currently holds memberships in ACDA, TCDA, ACDA, OAKE, TMAA, as well as TMEA, where she has served as Middle School Choir Coordinator.  She is active as an adjudicator and as a clinician.  Mrs. Weeks sings in the Sanctuary Choir at First Baptist Church, Abilene, and previously held the position of Children’s Choir Coordinator.  Wendy and her husband, John, are proud parents of three daughters, Hayley, Whitney, and Courtney.

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