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Alison Kenny-Gardhouse | Catherine West
Anne Fennell | Dr. Susan Snyder | Sylvia Dunn

The Connexionarts team has more than eighty years combined experience as educators, authors, performers, presenters, and directors. Our diversity of talent and creativity enables us to develop resource models and products that are individualized and responsive to your needs.

We are skilled in educational applications of current technology and experienced in the use of curriculum planning software. Our school projects access state or district content standard through a curriculum mapping process, and are supported with a variety of assessment opportunities.

Alison Kenny-GardhouseAlison Kenny-Gardhouse
Alison Kenny-Gardhouse is founder and president of Connexionarts, an arts-in-education consulting firm noted for its leadership in the development of education models and instructional curriculum materials. She actively consults and teaches for a wide spectrum of arts providers, educational institutions, and teacher groups throughout the United States and Canada.

Initiatives in 2003-04 for Ms. Kenny-Gardhouse and Connexionarts included the authoring of the School Design Book for the GRAMMY Foundation and the creation of the training sequence and materials for the third level of professional development for the Leonard Bernstein Center for Learning. She directed on-site teacher training this year for Bernstein schools in Portland, Los Angeles, West Des Moines, Cleveland, and Chicago.

This season also saw the development of new curriculum and on-site teacher and artist training for ArtsAware, an arts-education initiative designed by Connexionarts for OperaDelaware and the Delaware Symphony Orchestra. In Napa, Ms. Kenny-Gardhouse gave three days of teacher workshops to launch Connexionarts' newly developed curriculum for the Napa Valley Symphony Orchestra's expanded education program. Her continuing role with the Pasadena Symphony included on-site teacher training for TEMPO!, and reached close to one hundred teachers from the Pasadena Unified School District.

A highly skilled and motivational speaker, Ms. Kenny-Gardhouse has presented at numerous national and regional conferences. In March 2004, she presented at the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development in New Orleans, speaking on The Arts: The Heart of Reform. The year also included a new project with the National Arts Centre Orchestra, developing curriculum materials for a Vivaldi Four Seasons kit that will be distributed across Canada. Her work in arts-infused curriculum and teacher training has spanned many arts organizations, including the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, The Dayton Philharmonic, and The Choral Arts Society of Washington.

As an educator, Alison is on the faculty of The Royal Conservatory of Music and guest lectures at universities across Canada.


Catherine WestCatherine West – Senior Associate
An accomplished musician, educator and author, Ms. West has developed curriculum and led teacher training for a wide variety of institutions. She authored support materials for the television series Sisters of Sound and co-authored three levels of The Teacher's Notebook for the GRAMMY foundation. She conducted research and developed curriculum materials for the Delaware Symphony Orchestra/OperaDelaware's ArtsAware project, and also developed curriculum materials for The Pasadena Symphony, The Napa Valley Symphony, the Corning-Elmira Musical Arts, the Ontario Ministry of Education and Training, and the National Arts Centre Orchestra.

Ms. West is active as a workshop clinician for numerous school districts, educator associations and colleges, and is a regular contributor to a number of professional journals.


Anne FennellAnne Fennell – Associate
Anne Fennell brings an extensive knowledge of integrated curriculum to her work at Connexionarts. Ms. Fennell has been an educational consultant for Disney Interactive and REMO, Inc., and is presently a writer for Standard 4 of the National Music Standards. Additionally, she is a committee member for the California Assessment Network, and is assisting in the editing of the California Music Standards.

Ms. Fennell recently coordinated the Arts as Literacy series for the California Arts Project, University of California, San Diego. As site mentor for the Vista Academy of Performing Arts, she collaborates in the creation of arts-infused curriculum for the school's teaching teams and is a Support Provider for the Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment program for the state of California. A graduate of the University of Colorado in music education, Ms. Fennell has taught as a music specialist from elementary through high school. Anne also presents workshops for teachers across the United States and is in demand as a speaker for parent and community groups.


Sylvia Dunn – Associate
Ms. Dunn has extensive experience in environmental and middle school education. She is a graduate of Carleton and Lakehead Universities, with additional training in Waldorf curriculum from the Rudolph Steiner Center. Ms. Dunn has developed and implemented environmental programs for The Ministry of Natural Resources and received training from Project Wild. She is an experienced teacher, writer, accompanist, and music director, and since joining Connexionarts in 2003, has written for the Napa Valley Symphony First and Third Grade Teacher Guides, and the National Arts Center Vivaldi kit.


Dr. Susan SnyderDr. Susan R. Snyder – Arts-Integration Consultant
Dr. Susan R. Snyder is the president of IDEAS. She has a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction, an Orff Master Teachers Certificate, and a Cooperative Learning Trainers' Certificate. Sue is an Author of the Macmillan/McGraw-Hill's Music and You series, Coordinating Author of Share the Music, Contributing Author of Glencoe's Choral Connections, an Author/Publisher of Integrate with Integrity and Teaching Music in the Elementary School: A Guide for the Classroom Teacher, and ArtSmart: Arts Activities for Classroom Teachers. Dr. Snyder actively teaches and consults for universities, school districts, teacher groups and media corporations throughout the United States, Canada and Australia. She is currently a teacher-in-residence for the BEST (Beginning Elementary School Teacher) program run by the Connecticut State Department of Education; and is co-chair of RETA (Reading Excellence Through the Arts), a special interest group of the International Reading Association


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