Alison Geesey has been named the 2014 recipient of the award for “Excellence in Student Teaching” given by the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association and the Society for Music Teacher Education. The award recognizes students who have “demonstrated consistent growth as a teacher and maturity as a professional during student teaching.” She will graduate in May 2014 with her undergraduate degree in music education and her master's degree in music theory.
Alison completed her student teaching experience in the State College Area School District, working with high school choirs and elementary general music students. Her cooperating teachers were Robert Drafall (State College Area High School) and Aden Wertz (Easterly Parkway and Corl Street elementary schools). At the high school, she worked with six high school choirs grades 9-12 and assisted with the musical, Children of Eden. At the elementary schools, she taught general music to students K-5 and directed the elementary choir. Her student teaching experience was supervised by Anthony Leach.
A member of the Schreyer Honors College, Alison completed a thesis titled Enriching the Aural Skills Classroom with the Inclusion of Popular Music Traditions. Supervised by music theory faculty member Taylor Greer, her thesis included philosophical arguments for incorporating popular music into music theory and aural skills curricula, and provided an extensive list of appropriate repertoire for that use.
Her other academic honors include the Charlotte E. Ray Scholarship, Penn State Leadership Scholarship, College of Arts and Architecture Alumni Scholarship, and a Schreyer Academic Excellence Scholarship. In addition, Alison was on the Dean's List each semester of her collegiate career. She is a member of Pi Lambda Theta (national education honor society) and Pi Kappa Lambda (national music honor society).
A voice student of Norman Spivey, Alison participated in Concert Choir and Oriana Singers during her years on the University Park campus. She received the Willa Taylor Undergraduate Choral Internship in 2013 and was assigned to conduct a chamber choir comprised of Oriana Singers members for two semesters. Also in 2013, she participated in THON as an independent dancer after raising more than $16,000 with fellow music education student Brittany Mohney.
Alison is the daughter of Scott and Jill Geesey of Spring Mills, Pennsylvania. After graduation, she plans to pursue a teaching job in the public schools.