B.A. Graceland University
Vocal Performance and Music Education (K-12)
Graceland University alumni, Ashley Spalletta, graduated with Bachelor of Arts Degrees in both Vocal Performance and Music Education (certified K-12), and is currently pursuing her M.M. Music Education from George Mason University. Prior to joining the Congressional community, Ashley was the full-time music specialist and 5th/6th grade choral director at Canterbury Woods Elementary School in Annandale, VA. Ashley’s career has provided her prime opportunities for teacher/leadership development, such as speaking at two Responsive Classroom (RC-teaching strategy) national conferences at the University of Delaware and George Washington University. She is also a certified CETA teacher (Changing Education Through the Arts- John F. Kennedy Center Teacher Education Program), as well as certified in Orff-Schulwerk for having completed all three levels of study at George Mason University.
As a vocal performance major, Ashley was featured in solo recitals, as well as the featured soprano soloist in many large choral/orchestral works such as Mozart’s Requiem, Mozart’s Mass in C, and Handel’s Messiah. During her college career, Ashley was also the winner of the annual Solo and Concerto Aria Competition for two years in a row. In addition to her elementary school music and performance gigs, Ashley has also taught private voice, piano, and guitar lessons for the past 9 years, and even continues to take voice lessons, herself!
Ashley’s future plans include becoming a National Board Certified Teacher and continue to develop the music program at Congressional.
“Music enhances the education of our children by helping them to make connections and broadening the depth with which they think and feel. If we are to hope for a society of culturally literate people, music must be a vital part of our children’s education.” Yo-Yo Ma