Mrs. Patricia Fuentes, M.S., N.B.C.T.
Mrs. Patricia Fuentes has been teaching piano
and general music for over 20 years in Miami-Dade County.
Originally from Cuba, she immigrated to the United States in 1980.
She attended the University of Miami from 1988 to 1992 and began
teaching private piano lessons. She obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in
Music Education and received various honors. In her 20 years of
teaching experience, Mrs. Fuentes has taught private piano lessons,
general music, chorus, string orchestra, drama, and musical theatre
to students in Kindergarten through 12th Grade. She has also
coordinated and directed various student programs and recitals
within the local community.
In addition, Mrs.
Fuentes innovatively employs language learning techniques to her
music instruction to better explain concepts. Since language and
music processes are both located in the same area of the brain in
humans, she teaches her lessons using vocabulary in Italian, French,
and Spanish, depending on the needs of the student and the lesson’s
concepts. Having written her thesis about the relationship between
bilingualism and music, she is well-versed in this field.
Beyond her work
with very young students, Mrs. Fuentes has continued to develop her
career and promote the music teaching profession. She is a National
Board Certified Teacher since 2004, a certificate that requires its
recipients to undergo a rigorous portfolio and assessment process
and enables her to teach nation-wide. She also has a Master’s
Degree in Music Education from Florida International University,
confirmed in 2010. Mrs. Fuentes has welcomed students and
professors into her classroom from the University of Miami and
Florida International University to observe her teach and
participate in internships under her guidance. She has also mentored
colleagues from the school system in order to support them in their
pedagogical growth. Recently, Mrs. Fuentes’s colleagues elected her
as “The Francisco R. Walker Memorial Teacher of the Year for 2012”
(in 2010) for her school, an honor she humbly accepted.