Music Educator

Teri's school programs offer a lively overview of American music from a variety of cultures and styles, including Native American, European American, African American, Latin and Asian American traditions. Teri’s program explores the histories and customs of these American cultures in a lively, entertaining and educational way.

Contained within the activities are tools for developing singing, rhythm ability, creativity, large and fine motor coordination, and a lifelong appreciation for music.

Research shows that young children gain more from music education than simply a repertoire of songs. Children exposed to music early in their lives show enhanced ability to concentrate, which helps them discriminate important patterns and sounds, resulting in better language, reading, and math ability. Also, music that introduces different traditions and languages promotes awareness of other cultures, their histories, commonalities, and unique attributes.

School Performances

In a school performance Teri presents a host of songs and stories from a variety of America's cultures-including an Iroquois welcome song, a colonial farmer's lament, and Filipino children's song. She invites audiences to sing in the African American tradition of call and response on "Hambone" and shake maracas on "La Bamba" from the Latin American tradition. With guitar, mountain dulcimer, and a variety of percussion instruments, Teri entertains audiences of all ages. 

School Residencies (Preschool through 12th Grade)

In a school residency younger students (K-3) are guided in singing, clapping, hand games, rocking, rhythm instrument play, dancing, whole body and creative movement. Older grades (4-12) learn songs, play percussion instruments and explore American musical styles, including traditional Native American songs, folk, country, classical, gospel, blues, jazz, rock and rap. Students interested in guitar (grades 7-12) are offered simple chords and songs to get them started. Book and CD sets with songs, chords, and suggested activities are available for purchase (see Book and CD sets by Teri Tibbett, below). Each residency can include a school or community performance with the students, or solo performance by Teri. 

Teacher and Parent Trainings

Teacher and parent workshops offer resources and guidance for expanding music in the home or classroom. Workshops vary according to individual needs, but can include teacher in-service training, community workshops for parents and children, hands-on demonstrations of the curriculum, how to create a musical home or classroom, and ideas for integrating music with language arts, science, American history and social studies lessons. Guitar and singing workshops are also available. Supplies include books and CDs, rhythm sticks, shakers, and dancing scarves.

Book and CD sets by Teri Available for Residencies

Making Music with Children: An Easy Way to Make Music with Young Children (for Non-Musical Adults) · Preschool through 2nd Grade

Making Music with Childrenby Teri Tibbett, is a music and movement book and CD set that offers activities in singing, clapping, rhythm instrument play, hand movement games, dancing, and creative movement. Each set contains 74 new and familiar American songs with chords and suggested activities.

Listen to Learn: Using American Music to Teach Language Arts and Social Studies · 5th Grade and Above

Listen to Learn, by Teri Tibbett, is a book and CD set that traces the history of American music (including Native, African, Latin, European, and Asian traditions) and includes lessons that highlight famous musicians and events, American musical genres and the cultures from which they evolved, opinion pages, geography activities, music as poetry, the science of music, and more.


Teri Tibbett has performed and taught music in Alaska since 1976. As an artist-in-residence, she has worked independently and for the Alaska Artist-In-Schools program, traveling throughout the state teaching music to all grades. In 1988, she wrote the music curriculum for the Alaska State Department of Education Correspondence Study, which included audio lessons for children who study at home. She provided the music program for the Juneau Montessori Center for five years, and children’s music at 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. Teri has written two music book and music compilations, Making Music with Children: An Easy Way to Make Music with Young Children (for Non-Musical Adults) and Listen to Learn: Using American Music to Teach Language Arts and Social Studies. As an artist, Teri actively performs in concerts, at festivals, clubs and has completed three albums of original, children's and Alaskan music. She is the mother of two children, a certified Kindermusik teacher and holds a Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree, with additional training in Music, Spanish, and Early Childhood Development.

Residencies in Alaska

Toksook Bay · Kongiganak · Chefornak · Kwigillingok · Napaskiak · Platinum · Goodnews Bay · Bethel · Aniak · Chuathbaluk · Sleetmute · Nightmute · Crooked Creek · Red Devil · Stony River · Kalskag · Anvik · Holy Cross · Grayling · Takotna · Nikolai · Telida · Lime Village · Shageluk · McGrath · Savoonga · Gambell · Unalakleet · Teller · Brevig Mission · Wales · Little Diomede · Shishmaref · White Mountain · St. Michael · Nome · Koyuk · Buckland · Deering · Noorvik · Kotzebue · Atqasuk · Kaktovik · Barrow · Karluk · Ouzinkie · Kodiak · Venetie · Fort Yukon · Cantwell · Fairbanks · Sitka · Hoonah · Elfin Cove · Angoon · Craig · Klawock · Hobart Bay · Hollis · Naukati · Gildersleeve · Rowan Bay · Labouchere Bay · Port Alexander · Port Protection · Coffman Cove · Thorne Bay · Kasaan · Hyder · Metlakatla · Ketchikan


"Your ability to foster enthusiastic participation is one of your greatest assets…It is our hope that with the tapes, lessons, and songbooks you left we can continue to nurture musical appreciation in our children."
— Leslie Fahey, Port Protection Advisory School Council, Alaska

"Our students found a new love of music and motion, thanks to Teri's well-planned and exciting program."
— Penny Moore, Teacher, Port Protection School, Alaska

"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, Principal, Port Alexander School, Alaska

"While working with the students, Teri maintained a disciplined, positive, productive atmosphere. I observed students, who have consistently refused to participate in classroom music lessons, join with the rest of the group and enjoy themselves."
— Mary Lou Smart, Head Teacher, Naukati School, Alaksa

"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, Program Services, Juneau School District, Alaska