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The following educators, in conjunction with ALO staff, have created the above lesson plans:
Leslie Hochman Aiuvalasit has worked as a freelance writer and editor of math curriculum for over a decade, completing projects for Pearson Education, Harcourt/Hold MacDougal, Triumph Learning, Discovery Education, and many others. She is also an opera singer who holds a Bachelor of Music in Voice from the University of Texas and a Master of Music in Opera from SUNY Binghamton. Leslie currently sings with the Dallas Opera Chorus and several chamber ensembles in the greater DFW area.
Melody Long has taught music at Bryker Woods Elementary School in Austin, TX, since 1985. Melody was born into a family of musicians and has fond memories of singing in the car on long road trips. Her love of opera began at age 9 in a production of Hansel and Gretel, playing the role of a Gingerbread Girl.
Melody holds a B.F.A. from Stephen F. Austin State University and a M.M. in Kodály Music Education from Sam Houston State University. She has written curriculum for Arts Education IDEAS, as well as for national publishing companies for the Texas state adopted textbooks.
After receiving 3 levels of training in “Creating Original Opera” from the Metropolitan Opera Guild, she implemented the program at Bryker Woods as well as in the Opera Odyssey summer camp. This camp was featured in an episode of Arts in Context on KLRU-PBS. In 2010 Melody was honored to study Mozart and the Magic Flute in Vienna through the generosity of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Melody enjoys helping children of all ages and all backgrounds learn about the wonderful world of opera. She continues this passion today with Austin Lyric Opera as a chorus member, performing in over 30 operas, as well as organizing the Children’s Chorus for the past 3 seasons.
Mr. Hairston has been teaching in the Austin Independent School district for 5 years. He received his Bachelor degree in Music Education from New Mexico State University. He received his Master degree in Music Performance from the University of Texas at Austin. Mr. Hairston is a member of AISD”s Arts Integration committee, which strives to integrate Fine Arts into core classrooms.
Maria Satterwhite is a Music Teacher in Austin, Texas, at Highland Park Elementary. She began her musical life singing “My Boyfriend’s Back” into her dad’s reel-to-reel recorder. In 3rd grade, she joined her church’s children’s choir and has been singing in a choir ever since! Maria earned a Bachelor’s of Music in Music Education from Sam Houston State University and a Master’s of Music in Kodály Pedagogy from Texas State University. After 16 years in the classroom, she still enjoys playing “Doggie, Doggie” and instilling a love of music in her students. Recently, she has written music curriculum for the Austin Symphony, Austin Independent School District, and now Austin Lyric Opera. Maria also enjoys spending time with her husband (and Film Composer), Brian Satterwhite, and their two sons, Holden and Maxwell. You may catch her inline skating or dancing and singing in her car at stoplights if you’re lucky!