Peck’s Lower School music teacher Lisa Wichman was selected as one of the New Jersey Music Educators Master Music Teachers by the New Jersey Music Educators Association.
Wichman was nominated by the principal at her former school in Kinnelon and was observed by a panel of music educators. “Lisa’s resume was extremely strong—and then the committee came out to observe her, and see first hand the wonderful rapport she had with her students, what spectacular lessons were being taught,” said Frank L. Hughes, president of the NJ Retired Music Educators. “It was obvious in her interview that she was a dedicated, outstanding educator and a phenomenal lady! The rapport with her students was indeed, amazing.”
Wichman holds a BM in Music Education from Wittenberg University and advanced certifications in Kodaly, First Steps in Music, and Kindermusik Beginnings. She has received numerous grants and awards throughout her extensive teaching career, and is a collaborative pianist and freelance organist.
“Lisa is truly a wonderful teacher and completely deserving of the Master Music Teacher Award,” Hughes said.
Wichman, who joined Peck in July, was also selected to present at a national music educators conference in April 2019. Her workshop, titled “Keep Calm...and Teach Kindergarten Music!”, provides lesson plan formats, repertoire, and activities to use in early elementary music classes. Wichman is also an accomplished pianist, and will be accompanying the elite Morris Knolls Chorale (one of six choirs at Morris Knolls High School) at a performance at The White House in Washington, D.C. in December 2018, and at Carnegie Hall in January 2019.
“We couldn’t be more excited to have Lisa teaching Lower School music at Peck,” said Head of School Andy Delinsky. “It doesn’t take long observing her to see she’s a master teacher who brings joy and a depth of musicality to her approach to teaching.”