About the Director

Bonnie Anderson, an elementary music teacher in Universal City, Texas, was a 2016 Top 10 Finalist for the Grammy Music Educator of the Year from among 4,500 entries nationwide.  She teaches music to over 400 students every week using her training in Kodaly, Orff and World Music Drumming and Marimba.  She has groups for ukulele, choir, recorder and drumming, but the most popular are her marimba groups.  These marimba groups have played at the Texas State Capitol Building, the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) convention and various events around the San Antonio and Austin areas.  Recently, two of her groups were invited to play at Carnegie Hall.

Ms. Anderson was born in 1967 in Harbor City, California, and was a 1992 graduate of the University of North Texas. She is a single mom, raising two daughters, one of whom she adopted from China.  She knows that music teachers have a lot of influence in the lives of their students and need to use it wisely.  Bonnie Anderson wants music to be the catalyst for students to be inspired and feel positive self-worth, just as it did in her own life.

The Instruments and the Music

The students play on diatonic Zimbabwean style instruments which are made by hand, rather than manufactured.  They play high-energy Zimbabwean influenced music and cover tunes.

 

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