Welcome to Music at Heber Valley Elementary.
I can't believe it is time to start school again. I hope you all had a fabulous summer break and are excited to return to school, to play, sing, dance and learn together. I am looking forward to a super year!
My name is Mrs. Heather Thaxton and I have been teaching and performing music for over 35 years. Some of the musical things I previously/currently am involved in are: Directing Middle School band and orchestra; teaching private lessons on saxophone, clarinet, flute, piano, and voice; Heber Valley Piano Festival; Church Choir Director; Timpanogos Valley Theatre; Playing in HV Jazz Ensemeble; Artistic Director for Heber Valley Music and conductor of Heber Valley Choir and Orchestra; teaching Elementary Music and Choir in WCSD and HVE. I come from a musical family- Mom plays piano and trumpet, and Dad was my first band teacher, teaching music for over 30 years.
I love participating in a variety of musical groups and attending concerts, opera, and musicals. I also really enjoy spending time outside with my family (two tall sons and a super husband) hiking, mountain biking, camping, kayaking, and reading.
B.S. Music Education
KODÀLY Certification levels I, II, III
World Music Drumming: Kids, Choir and Drums
I am so fortunate to teach children! and teaching them music is joyful. We learn to sing in tune while playing singing games; play the beat and rhythm on instruments; listen, dance and move to Classical music; folk dance; learn to read and notate music; learn about composers; to be kind and respectful; and integrate language arts, social studies, math and science.