Ms. Angela Schmitt graduated from the Grand Valley State University Honors College with her Bachelor’s degree in Music Education with Piano Performance Honors. She is a pianist, percussionist, and saxophonist and is an alum of Jenison Public Schools. Ms. Schmitt spent her teacher assisting semester at Grandville Public Schools with Janell Mergan where she taught K-5 Elementary Music. Ms. Schmitt spent her student teaching semester in Greenville Public Schools with Susan Gould and Jeff Ayers teaching Middle and High School Band and Orchestra.
Ms. Schmitt teaches piano privately, and teaches competitive marching band percussion at Jenison. As a musician, Ms. Schmitt has performed as a soloist and a collaborator for/with a wide variety of groups including the Women’s City Club of Grand Rapids, St. Cecelia’s School of Music, the FJH music company, the Saugatuck Civic Theatre, Grand Valley’s Concert Band, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, and New Music Ensemble. She is an active accompanist of soloists, small ensembles, orchestras, choirs, bands, and has accompanied over 40 students for over 60 performances in a variety of settings. Ms. Schmitt has recently enjoyed giving informational recitals in schools to provide students with high quality musical experiences.
Professional development is very important to Ms. Schmitt, as she strongly believes in bettering herself as an educator to best set up her students to be successful. She attends many conferences, and will be traveling to Indiana this week for the Conn-Selmer Institute. She is also very interested in research, and is currently working with Dr. Kevin Tutt and another colleague on music program evaluation research. Ms. Schmitt is the former president of the Grand Valley chapter of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), and was appointed President of all of the collegiate chapters of NAfME in the State of Michigan. She additionally was a board representative for college students to the Michigan Music Education Association.
When she is not teaching or performing, Ms. Schmitt enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She is very close with her sister, Elena, and has many funny stories about her vivacious cat, Mika. Ms. Schmitt is a former varsity tennis player, and enjoys playing tennis and running in her free time. She is a fan of coffee, reading, and word games. She enjoys puzzles too, though her cat likes playing with puzzle pieces and tends to make the puzzle process very difficult.
Though it is only the beginning, Ms. Schmitt has enjoyed meeting the students and staff so far at Morley Stanwood, and can not wait to be fully immersed in the quality education and warm environment of Morley Stanwood Community Schools.