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Michelle Quimby

Music, Guitar, Piano, & Music Theory
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Michelle is a guitar, piano, theory, and ensemble instructor with 17 years of teaching experience. They have a bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts Lowell in music performance studying classical guitar under Richard Schilling as well as jazz piano performance. Michelle has been a music educator since 2004 starting their career at the Music Academy of Chelmsford. It was here where they developed a proprietary program focusing on a musical foundation and experience for young children. At this time, Michelle also gained experience in the music industry working for Rounder Records.

During their time in Knoxville, TN, Michelle was a sought-after instructor teaching up to 75 students a week. At Knoxville Academy of Music, they developed an infant and toddler music program of their own, taught all ages of students in a variety of instruments and music styles, and directed an advanced youth classical guitar performance group called Knoxville Youth Guitar Ensemble. The guitar ensemble went on to perform at city-wide events, festivals, and Dolly Parton’s Dollywood DreamMore Resort. They have also received several nominations for Best Music Teacher by CityView magazine Knoxville.

Moving to Mansfield, OH in 2017, Michelle earned a place in the music instructor community as the Guitar Department Chair at Richland Academy of the Arts and continued to spread their love of music with events at the Mansfield Library, Kingwood Center Gardens, and Mansfield High School Winter Concert. In 2018, Michelle used their abilities for private instruction and relationship building to start their own music studio, You Can Play That!, focusing on private instruction as well as group classes.

Michelle has also been involved with the local YMCA, helping to develop a musical atmosphere within the community. During the 2020-2021 school year Michelle taught science through music via Arts Integration at Sherman Elementary in Mansfield, OH to four third grade classes. The 2020-2021 school year had its challenges but allowed Michelle to perfect virtual teaching and classroom management through this project since all classes and projects were held virtually.

Michelle believes successful teaching comes from an understanding of not just the subject, but of the student. They work with each student individually to discover what learning style works best and adjusts their teaching style to accommodate the needs of the student. Through patience, knowledge, and humor, Michelle helps their students build a love for learning and for music.

The award of this badge shows that the artist participated in a two-day workshop at the Center for Arts-Inspired Learning that focused on understanding arts integration, domains of youth development, behavior management, academic and fine arts standards, outcomes and indicators, and learning strategies and activities. The earner developed a program plan to apply these concepts in their work with students, earning a score of 75% or greater related to specific scoring criteria.The award of this badge, “Program Implementation,” is the second module in the Center for Arts-Inspired Learning's (CAL) teaching artist professional development series and allows teaching artists the opportunity to apply their program created in Module One to students with one of CAL’s partner schools. Module Two takes the skills learned in Module One and sets them in a typical classroom the teaching artists would face in an arts integrated classroom setting.The award of this badge, “Behavior Management: A Guide to Creative Chaos,” is the third module in the Center for Arts-Inspired Learning’s (CAL) teaching artist professional development series that provides attendees an understanding of the ages and stages of all learners and adaptation skills for arts activities using the Universal Design for Learning. The earner has recognized physical, cognitive, social, and literacy development benchmarks specific to the different ages of students and has demonstrated an understanding of the students they will likely encounter to help determine ways to help manage their behaviors through the arts.The award of this badge addresses the needs displayed from the growing trend of out-of-school time programming. The unique challenges of out-of-school time programming present a need for teaching artists to quickly adapt in multiple roles as a mentor, teacher, artist, and caregiver. Through this Module 4 workshop, the earner gained tools to confidently provide and support creative programming to youth across multiple age bands and settings.

Grade Levels/Age Groups

  • PreK-Kindergarten
  • Grades 1-3
  • Grades 4-5
  • Grades 6-8
  • Grades 9-12
  • Young Adults
  • Adults
  • Older Adults

Facilities and Resources Required

  • Electrical Outlets
  • Tables
  • Performance Space


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