Castle View Elementary Instrumental Music

Macaroni Kids Winner "Best Music Lessons" 2019

About the Instructors

Ms. Davidson-Stanfill


Ms. Davidson-Stanfill is a veteran teacher with an expertise in beginning instrumental instruction.  She has been teaching for over 25 years in various combinations of subjects, always including beginning instrumental instruction.  Ms. Davidson-Stanfill started this program, originally in the Rock Canyon feeder area in 2009, in response to District budget cuts and in response to many people requesting that a band and orchestra program continue.  Her program grew to include the Castle View and Chaparral feeder areas in 2010, won the Macaroni Kids Best Music lessons Award in 2014, expanded to include the Ponderosa, ThunderRidge and Mountain Vista areas in 2014, and won the macaroni Kids Best Music Lesson Award in 2016 and again in 2019.  She is excited to continue her collaboration with the Colorado Chamber Orchestra and to bring a quality program into the Castle View feeder area again this year.  Keeping the opportunity to play an instrument available to our kids is her top priority.

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Ms. Erickson

Ms. Erickson is very passionate about performing and teaching music.  Her main instrument is flute, which she has played for 34 years.  Next is piccolo (32), oboe (31), and then clarinet and saxophone (30).  She also plays brass instruments, and loves to participate in Tuba Christmas and Holiday Brassfest at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts.  She earned bachelor's degrees in Music Education and Flute Performance from Metro State University in 2002.  She has taught private woodwind lessons for 20 years, and has also taught general music, band, choir, orchestra, flute choirs, etc. in public schools.  She additionally teaches gifted and talented programs, and is currently also a woodwind teacher for the Colorado Honor Band.  She is in her 20th year playing flute and piccolo with the Colorado Wind Ensemble and 9th year of playing oboe (where she holds the Principal position) with the Thornton Community Band.  She conducts a flute and oboe choir called Floboes, for High School students and adults, two sessions per year.  She subs in local orchestras on mainly flute and oboe, and plays in pit orchestras (on all woodwinds), in operas, in Churches, in rock bands, and in many other professional gigs around the Denver area.  She is very excited to be teaching band students for the Colorado Chamber Orchestra's Douglas County outreach this year!

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Ms. Owsley

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Ms. Owsley has a BA in Violin Performance from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado, and an MA in Music Education from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. She has played in symphony orchestras and other musical events as well as taught hundreds of students on stringed instruments and piano in her Personal Notes Music Studio in Louisiana, Utah, California, and now Colorado.  Additional professional development has included several Birch Bay String Orchestra Teacher’s Workshops in Ferndale, Washington, Dalcroze training, a Musikgarten workshop, certification classes at CSULB and many music conferences in California and Colorado.  Ms. Owsley is still an active performer, teaching piano and stringed instruments in her new home in Castle Rock, and is delighted to be a part of CVEIM, teaching at Clear Sky and Sedalia Elementary Schools. 

Ms. Rafferty

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Ms. Rafferty started her career as a violin teacher after completing her Bachelor of Arts in violin and psychology and her graduate certificate in the Suzuki Pedagogy, in 2015, at the University of Denver's Lamont School of Music.  She continued to refine her teaching skills by studying and receiving a certification in the body awareness method known as the Alexander Technique in 2016.  Ms. Rafferty has been playing the violin for over 20 years and continues to perform for her company, A Musician Is..., as a solo performer and with community orchestras.

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Mr. Simpson

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Mr. Simpson is a graduate of Northwestern and Regis Universities.  He taught general and instrumental music in the Denver Public Schools before joining the Douglas County Elementary Band Program staff.  Mr. Simpson is an active professional musician (French horn) performing with the Colorado Ballet Orchestra, among many others.

About Mr. Snell

Mr. Snell recently retired from Douglas County Schools after teaching middle school and high school band for 27 years.  During his time in Douglas County, his bands received numerous awards and traveled through the U.S. and Europe.  Mr. Snell has received The Who's Who Among American Teachers distinction five times.  Mr. Snell received his Bachelor of Music Education Degree from the University of Northern Colorado, and his Master of Educationm agree from the University of Colorado at Denver.

Currently, Mr. Snell is on staff with the Colorado Honor Band Association, teaching Intermediate Band.  mr. Snell is also on faculty at Colorado State University, where he teaches Brass Methods in the Music Education Department.  Mr. Snell is also the Principal Conductor of the Golden'Eagle Concert Band, an adult community band.  Mr. Snell is a lifetime member of the Colorado Bandmasters Association.

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About Ms. Thiemann

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Ms. Thiemann has played the violin and sang for 17 years.  She graduated from Florida State University with her Bachelor of Music Education degree and Orff Schulwerk Level 1 Certification.  She has taught choir, orchestra, band and general music and is currently the music teacher at Sedalia Elementary.  Music education is Ms. Thiemann's greatest passion and she cannot wait to share the joy of music with her students!

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