Welcome to Ms. Quesada's Music Orff Class!

The Music Instrumental Orff class music program begins in Kindergarten and continues through the 5th grade. This unique approach to music education involves all students in a daily study of speech, rhythm, instruments, singing, creative movement and improvisation. Children play xylophones, glockenspiels, metallophones, and unpitched percussion instruments.Students learn to read music and understand basic theoretical concepts. Orff Schulwerk program continues through the 5th grade where, with an increasing emphasis on music theory and composition. Students are introduced to modes, triads and diverse meters. Epitomizing the ideals of Carl Orff, the ensemble approach to music education engages children in the joys of a collaborative experience and provides a profound understanding of music as an academic discipline.

Music Teacher: Penelope Quesada

Penelope Quesada is the Music Orff Instrumental teacher at Lincoln Elementary Performing Arts School She immensely enjoys teaching elementary students using the Orff Schulwerk methodology. Ms. Quesada mentors new music teachers in her district and supervises and mentors music education student teachers from the University of Louisville. With a vast experience as a bilingual music teacher, Penelope has taught music in elementary schools in her native country Peru, the Louisville Catholic School System and JCPS.
Ms. Quesada’s training includes full Orff Certification on levels I, II and, III (University of Kentucky and Carnegie Mellon University), certification in World Music Pedagogy (Smithsonian Folkways Institute) and Robotics EV3 (Carnegie Mellon University).She has a B.A of Arts in Music, a Masters in Music Performance, and a Rank I in Education Technology (University of Louisville).

Ms. Quesada is also certified as a Music Teacher by the Kentucky Department of Education. Ms. Quesada created the first full Orff Ensemble in Kentucky and twice she has been invited to perform at the Kentucky Music Educators Conference. She was the recipient of the “Jefferson County Public Schools Music Teacher of the year” award in 2013 and the finalist for the Music Educator Grammy Award in the year 2016.

She has been invited to give music education professional development sessions in Orff methodology, technology in the music classroom and arts integration at the Kentucky Music Educators Conference, the Archdiocese of Louisville and Jefferson County Public Schools. She likes to research, find and create innovate ways to teach music to children to include creative thinking in her lessons, to integrate the arts and technology in the curricula and incorporate world music in her daily teaching.