Ponderosa Elementary Instrumental Music

Macaroni Kids Winner "Best Music Lessons" 2019

About the Instructors/Admin

About Ms. Davidson-Stanfill

Ms. Davidson-Stanfill is a veteran teacher with an expertise in beginning instrumental instruction.  She has been teaching for over 25 years in various combinations of subjects, always including beginning instrumental instruction.  Ms. Davidson-Stanfill started this program first in the Rock Canyon feeder area eleven years ago, in response to District budget cuts and in response to many people requesting that a band and orchestra program continue.  Her program grew to include the Castle View and Chaparral feeder areas ten years ago, won the Macaroni Kids Best Music Lessons Award in 2014, expanded into the Ponderosa, ThunderRidge and Mountain Vista six years ago, and won the Macaroni Kids Best Music Lessons Award in 2016.  She is excited to continue her collaboration with the Colorado Chamber Orchestra and to bring a quality program into the Ponderosa feeder area again this year.  Keeping the opportunity to play an instrument available to our kids is her top priority.

About Ms. Haislet
Ms. Haislet has taught music in Colorado for over 15 years.  Her experience includes teaching high school band and choir at Valley High School in Northern Colorado, teaching general music and middle school band/orchestra in the Westminster Public School District, and teaching private woodwind lessons throughout Colorado.  Currently, she is the general music teacher at Franktown Elementary.

In 2003, Ms. Haislet was named Student Teacher of the Year by the Colorado Bandmaster Association upon graduation from Adams State College and was a finalist for the 2018 Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching.  A Colorado native, Ms. Haislet enjoys calling Franktown, CO home, with her two young sons and husband (a local high school band and orchestra director himself!).

About Ms. Petersen
Ms. Petersen is excited about being a part of the PEIM program.  She has a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Northern Colorado and a Master's Degree in Creative Arts in Education from Lesley University.  She has taught private violin, viola and cello lessons for thirty years, and recently retired from Northeast and Mountain View Elementary School, where she taught for 23 years, teaching General Music, Orchestra and Choir.  Her passion is the viola and playing in the Jefferson Symphony Orchestra.

When not working with wonderful students, Ms. Petersen loves to spend time in the mountains and traveling with her husband and her two grown children.

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About Ms. Petrie
Ms. Petrie is a music teacher and board-certified music therapist in the Denver metro area.  She has taught private music lessons on all instruments to students ages 3 to over 50 and has taught beginning and intermediate band for several years.  She has also practiced music therapy with special needs children, nursing home residents, and psychiatric patients.  A Connecticut native, Ms. Petrie attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, where she completed a rigorous dual Bachelor of Music program in Music Education and Music Therapy.  Ms. Petrie has had a passion for teaching music and helping others through music as long as she can remember.  She believes that it is important to always focus on her students as individuals while keeping in mind their possibilities and limitations. 
Ms. Petrie and her husband have two beautiful children, a 6-year old son and a 2-year old daughter.  When she's not teaching, she enjoys fishing, hiking, camping and snowboarding adventures with her family.  Ms. Petrie is excited to begin her 6th year with the PEIM programs! 

About Mr. Stroman

Mr. Stroman is excited to be a part of the PEIM program!  A second-generation Colorado native, Mr. Stroman received his Bachelor and Master of Music Education degrees from the University of Northern Colorado.  He taught middle and high school band and orchestra in the Douglas County school district for thirty years.

Mr. Stroman is a multiple recipient of the Who’s Who Among American Teachers award and was a finalist for the 2010 Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching.  When he’s not working with the GREATEST beginning band and orchestra students in the world and their teachers, he enjoys playing his trumpet, gardening and traveling with his wife.

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