“I am energized and honored by the receipt of the Beacon Scholarship. Your generous support has turned an exciting idea into a meaningful reality! I am grateful for the award and varied opportunities of enrichment made possible by your generous investment.” -Amie Flowers Shakespeare, 2015 ACEMM Beacon Scholarship Recipient
Amie Flowers Shakespeare currently works as a music educator for Arlington Public Schools in Virginia. As an APS employee, Amie has enjoyed working with two unique programs: Integration Station, a holistic, early childhood program for children with Special Needs, and Drew Model School Montessori, a public Montessori PK-5 program and Kennedy Center Changing Education Through the Arts (CETA) demonstration school. In addition to multi-cultural music education, Amie has a keen interest in Arts Integration, a passion that stems from previous vocational experience in Performing Arts Outreach with the Arlington Symphony, Kansas City Chamber Orchestra, University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory and Queensland (Australia) Arts Council.
“Audio, video, print, electronic, and human resources are sampled in this intensive course, with the aim of learning as well as developing an understanding of ways to teach music of the world’s cultures.” -from the Smithsonian Folkways website
“I teach in a region rich in cultural diversity; the classrooms in Arlington represent a vast array of countries and cultures. It is my desire to create an accessible music curriculum reflective of these multi-cultural classrooms. Participation in the Smithsonian Folkways World Music Pedagogy Course represents an integral part in the design and delivery of this elemental, musically integrated program.”
– Amie Flowers Shakespeare, recipient of the 2015 ACEMM Beacon Scholarship.