Webster Alumna, Doctoral Student Wins Teacher of the Year for Outstanding Music Education
Apr. 7, 2017
Webster University alumna and current doctoral student Katherine Luh has been recognized as Teacher of the Year at Hodge Elementary School in the Fox C-6 School District.
Luh wrote a grant and purchased 32 guitars to begin the first guitar program in Fox C-6 District, teaching third through sixth-grade students. Luh is a quintessential teacher. When asked what she teaches, she often replies, “I teach children to love and make music.” This love of music and dedication to share that love of music with her students is evident in everything she does. She believes children learn best using familiar music and easily accessible instruments.
Luh has shared her passion for teaching music with other elementary teachers in her district, assisting them in purchasing guitars and starting guitar programs. She also led a professional development workshop for the elementary music teachers of the Rockwood School District.
Luh holds a bachelor's degree in flute performance and a master's degree in music education from Webster University. Additionally, she holds professional certifications and trainings from Suzuki, Kodaly Levels 1 & 2, Orff Level 1, GAMA Teaching Guitar Level 1, and Music! Words! Opera!; is a member of the Society of the Philosophy and History of Education; and presented her recent work "The History of Guitar Tablature and the Pedagogical Implications for the Elementary School Music Classroom with Guitar Instruction" at the fall Society of Philosophy and History of Education (SOPHE) Conference 2016 in Oklahoma City.
Currently, Luh is pursuing an Ed.D. in Transformative Learning from Webster and is focusing her research on education policy in schooling systems and how the notions national and state standards can become shackles impeding the reflective practice, teacher autonomy, and teacher agency of public school music educators.