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Barton General Music

I am excited to join the team at Barton as the music teacher! I have been working in early childhood music for over eight years, and received my K-12 Music license through Concordia St. Paul in 2016. I havetaught music for MPS at Lucy Laney and Franklin Middle School. I also have a degree in Latin American Studies from the University of MA, 1999, and in a former life was a singer/songwriter and toured and performed under my maiden name Jess Yoakum. 

As Barton’s music teacher, I am grounded in the philosophy that all people are musical, and it is through exposure to music and movement experiences that we reach our musical potential. Just as we are all born with the potential to speak any language and exposure to our mother tongue decides what language(s) we will speak, so it is with access to music. 

The ultimate goal of music is creative expression. Anyone with an interest in music, and not just an interest in performing, has the right to study the tools and techniques to expand their musical vocabulary and experience the joy of expression andconnection that comes through music!