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Stephanie Kapsa

EDUCATION • Master of Music Education UW-Stevens Point • B.A. in Music Education and Flute Performance UW-Platteville

ENROLLED • Cohort 6

LOCATION • Menasha, Wis.

Stephanie Kapsa has been an elementary general music teacher for the past 20 years. During that time, she was privileged to make music with thousands of students from Minnesota,Wisconsin, Missouri, and Texas. Throughout Stephanie’s teaching career, two primary music education tenets have guided her relationships and instruction. The first is the acknowledgment that all students have the right to a high-quality music education and the second is the importance of music in the role of creating and sustaining a healthy community. Learning music is a birthright and vital to a child’s emotional, intellectual, and social well- being, as such a child’s unique inner musician should be consistently cultivated and affirmed by using diverse, inclusive, and accessible music education programs that allow all learners the opportunity to create, respond, perform, and connect to music within their world and the larger world around them. Having diverse, equitable and inclusive music education programs will help to create community within the school and in conjunction with the wider community students find themselves in. Musical communities and the role of those communities’ culture are essential for civil society to play an active role in the music education of students. Stephanie recently completed her Master of Music Education from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point where she researched diversity, equity, and inclusion in music education. Her research culminated with a graduate thesis titled: Creating a Catchy Hook, Engagement of Adolescents in the General Music Classroom, which she successfully defended. Stephanie will continue to be an agent of change within the Music Education community and hopes to create a more sustainable, equitable, and just musical education for all students, while simultaneously fostering community engagement and trust through shared musical experiences.

UW-Stevens Point


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