Alison Geesey Lagan
Music Educator & Choral Conductor

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For my student teaching, I was fortunate enough to placed in the State College Area School District, a wonderful environment for music education and recently chosen as one of the 2016 Best Communities for Music Education by the NAMM Foundation.  As my emphasis was in high school choral, I spent my mornings at State College Area High School working with six different choirs: Freshman Choir (Grade 9, SATB, Non-auditioned), Sophomore Choir (Grade 10, SATB, Non-auditioned), Master Singers (Grades 10-12, SATB, Auditioned), Chamber Singers (Grades 10-12, SATB Chamber Setting, Auditioned), OMA (Only Men Aloud, Grades 11-12, TTBB, Non-auditioned), and Cecilian Singers (Grades 11-12, SSAA, Non-auditioned).  I also helped with their spring musical production of Children of Eden and sat in on rehearsals for SHAcappella, their a cappella music group.  I completed this placement with Mr. Robert Drafall, music coordinator for the district and director of high school choirs.

I spent my afternoons at two elementary schools in the State College Area School District: Corl Street Elementary and Easterly Parkway Elementary.  With this experience, I taught students in kindergarten through fifth grade, as well as some adaptive music classes for students with special needs.  I also had the opportunity to rehearse with the elementary choir, a joint group between the two schools for fourth and fifth grade students.  I completed this placement with Mr. Aden Wertz, elementary general music teacher. You can find out more about my elementary general teaching experience by visiting the Elementary General Placement page on my website.

"Ms. Geesey has excellent focus and she is always prepared. She is honest and forthright about what she hears and works to make the group better every time she works with us. Moreover, she connects to the group well and never loses the attention or focus of the group."

-9th Grade Student in Freshman Choir, SCAHS

"One of my favorite aspects of her teaching is how much emphasis she places on the meaning and purpose of the songs we are singing.  Miss Geesey takes the time to go through and interpret the words and shares what the songs mean to her.  This makes the song more meaningful for us and shows how much she values and understands the effect music has on the listeners, eliciting an intense emotional response."
-10th Grade Student in Sophomore Choir and Master Singers, SCAHS