Monica Allen, clarinet & Music Together® Director
Teaching Artist Statement
Music and teaching are my passion, I feel extremely lucky to have found a profession where I am valued for what I love. I teach clarinet lessons weekly and direct and teach Music Together, an award winning early childhood music program. My goal is to leave every student with a thirst for music, a desire to appreciate all types of music, and a lifelong love for the arts.
Monica has taught private lessons, chamber groups, and public school band programs since 2001. She received a degree from the University of South Carolina in Music Education. Monica began her professional teaching career at Sumter Middle School and added Sumter High School where her students received multiple awards. After her time with high school and middle school band, Monica began to work with younger students at Lamar and Spaulding Elementary where she really found her passion for young students, music, and movement. Once she moved to Seattle, she found Music Together and knew it was a perfect match. Through the guidance of Director Emeritus, Janice Gockel, Monica flourished as a Music Together teacher even earning her advanced certification signifying that as an instructor she understands, conveys, and accurately implements Music Together's instructional goals. As Co-Director of the Music Together Program since 2014, Monica has taken the program to new highs and is proud to have an award winning program! As a clarinet instructor, Monica’s student regularly achieve highest marks from the Royal Conservatory Achievement Program. Her students also perform with Seattle Youth Symphony, various middle and high schools in the area, and at Music Center concerts.
Monica has performed with Palmetto Concert Band, Greenwood Concert Band, Around the Sound Community Band, and guest played with Philharmonia Northwest. Monica has also premiered a woodwind quintet from a fellow Music Center faculty member! With Music Together, Monica has performed at Northwest Folklife, Seattle’s Children Festival, and various events at Music Center of the Northwest.