Polly Huppert has taught music for 25 years in Montana, beginning in Great Falls with 10 years of teaching 5th grade band and assisting at CMR and GFHS as a Woodwind Specialist. During this time she also had a private woodwind studio of 20 students, who often were participants in All-State and All-Northwest ensembles and have went on to pursue music after high school. She holds degrees from Eastern Montana College, University of Montana and has completed post-graduate work at Northwestern University. Polly has also completed Kindermusik training and Level 1 Orff training.
Currently in her 3rd year at Washington Middle School in Missoula, Polly teaches Exploratory Music to 7th and 8th grade students. Exploratory Music is a music appreciation class, including topics such as guitar, piano, music theory, music history, research projects, composition, learning about the music industry and computer projects. Garageband and other multimedia work are included into this curriculum. Polly firmly believes music is something that enriches the lives of her students and that skills gained through creating and participating in music activities are an essential part of every students' education.
Polly has remained an active musician over the years by performing with numerous groups, including the Missoula Symphony, Glacier Orchestra, Billings Symphony, Great Falls Symphony, the Chinook Winds, Better Daze Classic Rock, Montana All-Stars, Northwestern orchestra and numerous Blues and Jazz groups all over Montana. In addition to playing music, Polly enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, gardening, biking and enjoying living in Western Montana.
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