Suzanne Pemberton

Music

suzanne.pemberton@ortrail.k12.or.us

Suzanne Pemberton is an elementary music teacher with a passion for expanding students academic achievements through the development of musical skills.  A qualified specialist in the Kodály approach to music education, her teaching draws upon the Hungarian methodology of Zoltán Kodály and multicultural folk music traditions.

Mrs. Pemberton holds degree in Music Education from Warner Pacific College, and is continuing her education at Portland State University, working toward her Masters in Music Teaching where her focus is on connecting music education to reading achievement.  Over the course of her studies, she has taught choir and band at the Middle School and High School levels, but has developed a passion for teaching fundamentals to primary and intermediate children.  She plays multiple instruments, being most skilled in voice, violin, and piano.

Mrs. Pemberton’s methods teach students to read, write, compose, improvise and evaluate folk music from world cultures through the use of games, activities, singing, folk dances, creative movement and instruments.

When not teaching, Mrs. Pemberton is devoted to reading and working on projects on her farm.  She enjoys baking sweet treats and spending time with her family, gardening in the summer, and sitting by the woodstove with her cat in the winter.  Her favorite place to vacation is the Oregon Coast, and someday hopes to travel to Hawaii.