IHDS is thrilled to welcome our new music educator, Marge Osborn. Marge brings with her over 36 years of teaching experience as a public school educator where she received recognition as Teacher of the Year, and wrote a grant for primary teachers awarded by the state of Connecticut entitled, “Reading is Fun Through Rhythm and Rhyme”.  More recently Marge has been a volunteer at Cal State Fullerton and taught choir, orchestra and classical string quartet.  She obtained her BA in Music Education with an emphasis on piano and an MA in Special Education from the University of Hartford, Connecticut.  She went on to become a violist, playing in local college symphonies. At IHDS Marge will be sharing her experiential approach to teaching Jewish music using methods such as Orff-Schulwerk and Kodaly.  Marge uses a multi-modal approach to foster depth in learning and a love of music in her students, including singing, interactive games, creative movement and playing rhythm instruments such as Orff percussion.  She is looking forward to working closely with Rabbi Amittai Steindler to further develop the IHDS Musical Tefillah program, a component of our Tzlilim Mesaprim (Sounds Tell Stories)* music education program. Marge is also looking forward to helping direct IHDS’s spring musical production which will highlight our interdisciplinary program approach, weaving together subjects such as music, language arts, Positive Discipline social emotional learning, Jewish themes and liturgy. As a member of Temple Beth Sholom, she feels right at home on the new IHDS school campus. Marge is an active member of the Orange County Music Educators Association and a member of the Orff-Shulwerk Association as well as a past board member. We are honored to welcome Marge Osborn and look forward to bringing the IHDS music program to new heights.

*The Tzlilim Mesaprim Music program is supported in part by an Impact Grant from Jewish Federation & Family Services, Orange County.