Castle View Elementary Instrumental Music


About the Instructors


About Ms. Behm

Ms. Behm is an innovative educator and percussionist based in the Denver-metro area.  She performs across the front range and provides clinics to student groups throughout the year, with an educational approach focusing on exploration and holistic learning.

Ms Behm received her Bachelor of Music Education in 2009 from Lawrence University.  While there she studied classical and world percussion with Dane Richeson and conducting with Dr. Andrew Mast.

Ms. Behm has performed with a variety of ensembles, including the Colorado Wind Ensemble, Mudra Dance Studio, Wyoming Symphony, Gamelan Tunas Mekar, and the Lakewood Symphony.  She also participated in the International Body Music Festival with Keith Terry in Oakland, CA. Currently Ms. Behm teaches private lessons and beginning band and orchestra in South Denver. She is very excited to be joining CVEIM this year!

 Ms. Behm proudly endorses Vic Firth and Beetle Percussion.

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About Ms. Camp

Ms. Camp is a Denver native who began her passion for music in the 4th grade.  It was the guidance and enthusiasm of her first teachers that makes her so devoted to her current work with elementary school children.  Under the early tutelage of Mrs. Riccarda Mooney, a violinist with the Denver Symphony, Ms. Camp's gifts blossomed and led to selection to the Denver City and Colorado State Youth Orchestras.  A highlight of her high school years was selection to join America's Youth in Concert which played in major cities throughout Europe.

Ms. Camp continued her music career at Hope College, where she played in the orchestra and Symphonette and studied under Mihai Craioveanu, who is internationally recognized with multiple performances at Carnegie Hall.  Since graduating with a teaching degree, Ms. Camp has performed with the Holland Symphony Orchestra and the Brioso String Quartet.  In addition, she has given private lessons to hundreds of students and adults on violin, viola, cello, and piano.  Ms. Camp is also currently an active member of a local praise band.

Ms. Camp is excited to continue instilling a love for music with children through CVEIM.

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About Ms. Emory

Ms. Emory is the music teacher at Soaring Hawk Elementary in Douglas County.  She is a flutist and received her undergraduate degree in music education from Colorado State University - Pueblo in 2012.  During her time at CSU - Pueblo, Ms. Emory was Principal Flutist for the collegiate woodwind quintet, wind ensemble and orchestra.  She has performed with the Pueblo Symphony Orchestra, Pikes Peak Flute Choir, Cinco Pa Winds and is currently Principal Second Flute for the Rocky Mountain Wind Symphony.  Ms. Emory is a private flute teacher for students of all ages and woodwind coach for local school band programs.  Her primary instructors include Dr. Alan Mills, Karen Morsch and Dina Hollingsworth, and she is a member of the Colorado Music Education Association.  In her spare time, Ms. Emory enjoys gardening, playing board games and spending time with her husband and her three dogs. 

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About Ms. James

Ms. James is a violist who loves teaching elementary students!  She has been playing violin for fifteen years, and viola for 3 years.  Ms. James holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Northern Colorado, and just finished her Master of Music in Viola Performance from the University of Colorado.

Ms. James has performed in numerous chamber music settings throughout her career, and has performed with many college and honor orchestras.  Her accolades include music honors, scholarships, grants, and study abroad.  Last Summer, she achieved a life-long goal of traveling to Italy to perform chamber and solo music.

A native Coloradan, Ms. James loves playing for events and wedding around the State with the Concordia Quartet (as the violist), and as part of another chamber music pursuit, a string duo, R&M Strings, with husband and cellist, Eric James.  In her spare time, Ms. James loves reading, journaling, playing fiddle and jazz music, and cooking.

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About Ms. Morgenthaler

Ms. Morgenthaler is in her 11th year of teaching general and instrumental music.  She has also been teaching private lessons on flute for 16 years.  Ms. Morgenthaler really enjoys sparking excitement and helping beginning instrumental students build a strong foundation of skills in music that they can use throughout their lives.  She earned her Bachelor of Music degree from Metropolitan State University.

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About Mr. Simpson

Mr. Simpson has taught general and instrumental music in the Denver Public Schools for ten years and is a graduate of Northwestern and Regis Universities.  Mr. Simpson is an active professional musician (French Horn), performing for the Denver Center for Performing Arts ("Wicked" Summer 2015) and for the Colorado Ballet, among many others.


About Mr. Stroman

Mr. Stroman is excited to be part of the CVEIM program!  A second generation Colorado native, Mr. Stroman received his Bachelor and Master of Music Education degrees from the University of Northern Colorado.  He taught middle and high school band and orchestra in the Doulgas County school district for thirty years.  Mr. Stroman is a multiple recipient of the Who’s Who Among American Teachers award and was a finalist for the 2010 Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching.  When he’s not working with the GREATEST beginning band and orchestra students in the world and their teachers, he enjoys playing his trumpet, gardening and traveling with his wife.  

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