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Cassandra Collins

Adjunct Professor of Music Education

Cassandra Collins

Cassandra Collins has been in music education for forty years, twenty-five years as an elementary music specialist in Kenosha, Wisconsin and in the Parkway School District, Chesterfield, Missouri, followed by serving as the Coordinator of Fine Arts for the Parkway School District, where she supervised and supported a staff of over one hundred arts educators while managing a large suburban Fine Arts Program.  She has developed successful Arts Academies for both teachers and students and was creative director and teacher with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra’s Camp for Children for nine years and taught at the St. Louis Opera Theatre Summer Camp for Children. She has served as an adjunct professor at both Meramec Community College and Fontbonne University, and for the last two years at Webster University teaching Elementary Music Methods. She also currently supervises Apprentice and Practicum Teachers for Webster University in both Visual Art and Music.

Accomplishments and Leadership Positions include:

  • Fine Arts Coordinator of Parkway School District 2001-2014
  • School Teacher of the Year, Parkway, 1996
  • St. Louis Suburban Outstanding Music Educator Award, 2009
  • Missouri Thespian Outstanding Administrator of the Year 2012
  • Missouri Outstanding Art Administrator of the Year 2013
  • Honorary Member of Tri-M Music Honor Society
  • Parkway School District’s Arts and Education Fund Drive Chairperson 2001-2014
  • Multi-Cultural Chair of the St. Louis Suburban Music Educator’s Board
  • President of the St. Louis Suburban Orff-Schulwerk Association, awarded Honorary Lifetime Member
  • Orff-Schulwerk National Professional Development Conference in St. Louis, Committee
  • Co-Chair 2012
  • Missouri Music Educator’s Advisory Board, Music in Our Schools/Advocacy Chair 2014-2016
  • Committee member of Manchester Arts, an organization dedicated to arts development for the Manchester community, and helped develop a Performing Arts Series in 2015.  

Cassandra has presented multiple music and education workshops in the local area, at the 2014 MMEA conference, and at the National Gifted Conference in 2011. She has given workshops to Music Therapy students at Maryville University and helped initiate Orff Certification Levels at the University of Missouri, St. Louis in 2013, supporting teacher development.  She served as an evaluator and consultant for the Rockwood School District Vocal Program and the St. Louis Grand Center Arts Academy in 2015-16.

Degrees and Certifications held include: B.S. in Music Education and a B.S. in English, from Ball State University, and a M.A in Instructional Processes, from Maryville University.  She holds three Levels of Orff–Schulwerk Certifications from Colorado State University, Hamlin University in Minnesota and from the University of Kentucky, studying with Grace Nash and Arvida Steen. She holds two Levels of World Drumming Certifications, studying with Sowah Mensah, Master Ghanian drummer.

Cassandra has played accordion for dance groups, and was a performing member of Karumanta, a Latin American Pan Pipe Ensemble, which specialized in music of the Andes Mountains. Cassandra has played French Horn in several family theatre musical productions, with the Kenosha and Wausau Symphony Orchestras in Wisconsin, the Washington University Wind Ensemble, the Kirkwood Symphony and with the Manchester Community Summer Band.