Biography

Singer-Songwriter and Performer

Teri Tibbett is an Alaskan singer-songwriter. She has performed on the stages of festivals and clubs in over 70 Alaskan communities since 1976, and for seventeen summers performed a one-woman show Living the Alaska LIfe to international visitors on board Alaska-bound cruise ships. She has taught with Alaska's Artists-in-Schools Program since 1981 and in her own school the Juneau School of Creative Arts. Teri has recorded three CDs of original music and published two book and CD sets for teachers and parents. Her songs are personal and rich with an Alaskan perspective, portraying the lifestyles of raw and rugged people, fishermen and women on the rough waters of Southeast Alaska, extreme snowboarders in the frozen Icefields, and more.

Read more about Teri in the Juneau Empire feature:
Teri Tibbett: A singer's life in Alaska

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Writer

As a writer, Teri uses pen and camera to record the experiences, cultures, and people she meets. She has traveled and written about rural Alaska, the Russian Far East, Mexico, South America, Italy, Japan, and the Middle East. Her articles have been published in Alaska Snowboarder's Journal, Alaska Women SpeakChildhood Education Journal, Alaskan Southeaster Magazine, Juneau Empire, and Capital City Weekly. She has written two book and music curricula, Listen to Learn: Using American Music to Teach Language Arts and Social Studies, and Making Music with Children: An Easy Way to Make Music with Children (for Non-Musical Adults).

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Photographer

As a photographer, Teri most often uses real life images to create visual compositions. She is also a journalist and documents people, places, experiences, and art in nature. Her photographs have twice shown with Alaska Positive, a juried exhibition of images by Alaskan photographers. Others have been published in Alaska Snowboarder's Journal, Alaskan Southeaster Magazine, and the Juneau Empire.

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Music Educator

As an educator, Teri has taught music in over seventy Alaska villages and cities, both independently and with the Alaska State Council on the Arts Artists in Schools program. In 1988 she wrote the music curriculum for the Alaska Department of Education Correspondence Study, which included audio music lessons for children who study at home. She provided the music program at Juneau Montessori School for five years and K-2 music at the Juneau Dance Unlimited Fine Arts Camp since 1995.  Her own school, the Juneau School of Creative Arts, has operated since 1990 offering music, art, and story-making classes to children and families. She has written two music curricula for home and school use, Listen to Learn: Using American Music to Teach Language Arts and Social Studies, and Making Music with Children: An Easy Way to Make Music with Children (for Non-Musical Adults). Teri is a certified Kindermusik teacher and holds a Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree with additional training in music, mental health, early childhood development, and Spanish.

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Snowboarding

As a snowboarder, Teri is a regular season pass holder at Eaglecrest Ski Area on Douglas Island in Southeast Alaska, though in the springtime she travels to Haines for some backcountry and heli-boarding with friends in the Chilkat Mountains. She also travels to Switzerland for some Swiss Alps riding and New Mexico for high desert riding.

Teri writes and edits the Alaska Snowboarder’s Journal, and has written for Snowboard Magazine (Swiss Journal, 2010, and Radical Determination: Annie Boulanger, 2009) and Frequency: The Snowboarder’s Journal (Lines, about Axel Pauporte’s classic film about the history of big mountain snowboarding, 2009). Her snowboarding photographs have appeared in Snowboard Magazine and Alaska Snowboarder’s Journal.

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Comments

"I can state enthusiastically that [Teri] is an artist of considerable talent and dedication."
— Roberta Levitow, Director of Special Projects, Los Angeles Theatre Center, Los Angeles, California

"From the moment you meet her, singer-songwriter Teri Tibbett is all smiles and enthusiasm...Super cool and super-savvy, she's definitely an act to catch."
— Brian MacMillan, Anchorage Daily News, Anchorage, Alaska

"None of your promotional material spoke highly enough of your spirit or abilities. [We] enjoyed you so much because you brim with energy and sparkle in everything you do."
— Eric Gabster, KNOM Radio, Nome, Alaska

"The joy she clearly derives from music and the audience is the most striking aspect of Tibbett's performance; she brings to her performance an infectious energy."
— Jennifer Edwards, Anchorage Press, Anchorage, Alaska

"Teri has provided us the highlight entertainment of our visit to Juneau, Alaska...Her personality and excellent voice combine with original Alaskan songs to bring the real Alaska into our vessel and into our guest's lives. Her show never fails to inform and entertain and earn the highest complements from our passengers."
— Ron Valentine, World Explorer Cruises, San Francisco, California

"Teri's presentations are always professional, entertaining, and educational, incorporating self-accompanied songs of Alaska, visual images, and wonderfully sincere, enthusiastic explanations of the lifestyle and culture of the local people."
— Sandra Bowern, Cruise Director, Radisson Seven Seas Cruises, Miami, Florida

"Teri is a real professional music educator. She inspires even the most timid child to sing. All of her lessons are made so well that music becomes understandable and enjoyable."
— Steven Hynick, Port Alexander School, Port Alexander, Alaska

"It is truly a gift to have a professional artist share their creative talents with our students and staff. You have inspired us, and have helped to keep the arts alive in the Juneau School District."
— Charla Wright, Juneau School District, Juneau, Alaska