Hello Carson Elementary! My name is Sara Brunnschweiler and I am very excited to join the Carson Community next year as the new music specialist. For the past nine years I have taught general music at Asbury Elementary in Denver Public Schools. Prior to that, I worked throughout mid-Michigan as a freelance oboist, private lesson instructor, and early childhood music educator. The decision to transition to an elementary music teacher was one of the best choices I have ever made, as I absolutely love teaching music to kids!
My philosophy of music education is that everyone has the intrinsic ability to make and enjoy music. In my classroom students sing, perform, write songs, create music, learn instruments, move, and are exposed to all genres of music. I love to use music as a way to help students learn self-expression, creativity, and problem-solving. Performing is also a big part of my curriculum, whether it’s sharing a creation with the class, participating in a grade-level performance, or taking part in a musical.
A little about me… I grew up in central Indiana, then moved to East Lansing, Michigan where I attended school at Michigan State University. I have degrees in music performance and music education and have always been an educator at heart. My husband and I moved to Colorado in 2013 and we absolutely love living on the front range. I still look forward to seeing those beautiful mountains everyday! In my free time I do comedy improv, play with my band, and enjoy painting and reading. I can’t wait to meet everyone and look forward to making some music together!
I grew up in Denver and attended Denver Public Schools as a student, graduating from Thomas Jefferson High School. I’ve taught in Denver Public Schools for 21 years and worked in various areas, as a second grade teacher, intervention specialist, Gt coordinator and Visual Arts teacher. This is my 6th year at Carson as a Visual Arts teacher and I really enjoy working with the students and families in this community. I earned my B. A. at Knox College and Masters in Education through University of Phoenix. I enjoy reading, traveling, cooking, playing games and creating artwork with my son and husband during my free time.