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Teacher Feature - Tricia Moore

Tricia Moore Teacher

Tricia Moore (she/her/hers) is the Music Director at Canyon View Elementary School. She received her bachelor’s of music education and master’s degree in early childhood education from Youngstown State University. She is in her 21st year teaching music in Arizona.

She spent 6 years creating the general music, band and choir programs at Gary A. Knox Elementary School and 3 years teaching all levels of band at Crane Middle School in Yuma. During that time she served as secretary of the Yuma County Music Educators Association, chaired several committees, was awarded a Mr. Holland’s Opus Grant for new instruments and was named Yuma County Special Area Teacher of the Year in 2009.

After relocating to Tucson, Arizona in 2012, Mrs. Moore spent a year at Utterback Middle School rebuilding the band, choir and piano program. She is delighted to be in her 11th year at Canyon View Elementary School where she continues the tradition of strong general music and band programs and created the choir and musical theater programs. She was a member of the Catalina Foothills School District Fine and Performing Arts Standards and Curriculum Revision Committee and was recognized as a CFSD Distinguished Educator in 2018 and CFSD Teacher of the Year in 2019.

In 2020, she was recognized as a semi-finalist for the Grammy Museum’s Music Educator of the Year award. She is a member of TREC (Tucson Regional Educator Collective), The Connected Arts Network (CAN) and The AZ K12 Teacher Solutions Team. She is an active member of the Arizona Music Educators Association (AMEA) and President for the Arizona Society of General Music (AZSGM).

We asked Tricia six questions about her life as a music teacher:

What Instrument Do You Play?

My main instrument is the flute

Best flavor of Pop Tart?

I don't like Pop Tarts. I know! I'm sorry!

Favorite Piece to Conduct?

"Salvation is Created" (Instrumental or Vocal)

Baton, Pencil, or just your hands?

Baton for band, just my hands for choir, whatever will keep the kids attention for general music

What Instrument do you WISH you knew how to play?

Bass Guitar

Best piece of musical advice you’ve been given?

A quote I read by Victor Wooten: "Remember that a language works best when we have something interesting to say. Many music teachers never find out what their students have to say. We only tell them what they are supposed to say."


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