Amanda N. Jones is the 2013 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.”
Amanda completed her student teaching experience in the Cumberland Valley School District, working with general music and choral students. Her cooperating teachers were Christie McKinney (Good Hope Middle School), and Carol Anderson (Cumberland Valley High School). During the semester, she planned and implemented general music lessons for students in grades 6-8, conducted five choirs at the middle school, rehearsed and conducted the high school choir, and also taught Advanced Placement Music Theory. Her student teaching experience was supervised by Don Schade.
A member of the Shreyer Honors College, Amanda completed an honors thesis titled A Cultural Study of 'Ukulele in the Classroom. Part of her research was conducted in Hawaii, where she observed and taught Hawaiian music classes at the Kamehameha School in Honolulu. Her thesis was advised by music education faculty member Ann Clements. Her other academic honors include the Sigma Alpha Iota Collegiate Honor Award, the Sigma Alpha Iota Scholastic Award, and the Robert R. Buffington, Sr. Music Scholarship Award. She was on the Dean's List each semester of her undergraduate career.
In addition to her work as a scholar, Amanda was an active performer on campus. A soprano and voice student of Richard Kennedy, she was the recipient of the Willa C. Taylor Scholarship in recognition of outstanding musicianship and academics for three years, and was awarded the School of Music Performer’s Recognition Award in fall 2012. She won Jury Recognition in spring 2012, and received the Judy Frankel Silver and Gold Award for outstanding achievement in acoustic guitar. As an ensemble singer, she participated in Oriana Singers, Concert Choir and in Opera Theatre. As a conductor, she worked with children’s choirs at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in State College. She has also taught private guitar and ‘ukulele lessons for five years.Amanda is the daughter of Susan and David Jones of State College, Pennsylvania. Upon graduation, she plans to pursue a teaching position in middle school choral and general music.