Elizabeth Fritz

Music Educator and Consultant

Educational Technology

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Elizabeth Fritz, former band director and music teacher for the Decorah Community Schools is a National Board certified music educator, with over 30 years of teaching experience. She was part of a successful band program in Decorah, Iowa for the past 28 years and is currently employed as the Decorah Schools Technology Integration Specialist.

Originally from Southern California, she received her BME degree from the University of Northern Iowa and finished a Masters of Science in Education, emphasis Educational Technology from Boise State University in 2005. She has received a certificate degree in Online Teaching and Learning from California State University-Hayward and is currently creating online instruction for music students and professional development for educators. These professional development opportunities reflect her passion for technology, comprehensive musicianship and mentoring. In March of 2011 she completed a graduate certificate from Full Sail University in the area of Educational Media, Design and Technology.

Liz has been involved in a music technology project with Kjos Music Publishers (published in August 2006), which included creation of comprehensive technology integrated lesson plans for inclusion with new concert band music. Other projects have included developing a music exploratory courses for 8th grade students thatincluded Rock Band, MUsic Tech 101 and “Music from the Inside Out” curriculum that incorporates online teaching. She has also participated in the project, “Iowa Makes Music” sponsored by Orchestra Iowa, (formerly Cedar Rapids Symphony) and From the Top; the popular national public radio and television program that features young classical musicians.  Teacher collaborators create learning activities based on the series.

Liz has been Instrumental Chairperson of the Iowa Core Fine Arts Writing Team since Fall of 2009.  This work, in conjunction with the Iowa Department of Education has culminated in a document providing information for music educators about the alignment of the Iowa Core and Fine Arts.

Ms. Fritz is also very involved with several committees within various state music organizations including the Iowa Comprehensive Music Project, former Technology chair for Iowa Music Educators and former chair of the Music Mentors of Iowa (now IAAE mentor co-chair). As MMI chair, she has been very involved with the creation of several new mentoring programs for music educators in the state of Iowa. Special projects include the Music Educators Online Website, statewide study of technology use in music education, partnering in the development of the Iowa Bandmasters Fall Symposium for First Year Teachers and the Model of Excellence Arts mentoring program in conjunction with the Iowa Alliance for Arts Education and the Iowa State Department of Education.

She has been involved with presenting mentorship presentations for the Iowa Music Educators State Conference, Iowa String Teachers Association, Iowa Bandmasters Association, as well as the National Federation of Music Supervisors, Indiana Arts Council, National Art Educators and the Mid-West Band and Orchestra Clinic.

Her technology presentations have included the National MENC, “Music Education Week in Washington D.C.,” Iowa Bandmasters Association, Iowa Technology Education Connection Conferences. She is currently serving on the leadership team of SIGMT (Special Interest Group Music Technology, now called the Arts and Technology Network) within the International Society of Technology Educators (ISTE).

Ms. Fritz is a Past-President of the Iowa Bandmasters Association and currently holds the position of webmaster for that organization. She is also co-chair/administrator of the Iowa Model of Excellence Arts Mentor Program, which assists first year arts teachers in the state of Iowa.

Ms. Fritz has been teaching Arts Educator courses online since 2006 through the Iowa Area Education Agencies. She also is available for consulting work, presentations, curriuclum and course creation.


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