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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.

 

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