Welcome to our Forestwood Orchestra! We are excited to have you with us this year.
I look forward to a fun year of musical growth and community involvement with our FMS orchestra students. Orchestra gives students a chance to learn how to play string instruments in a nurturing group environment. Forestwood Orchestras offer concerts, social events, contests, and other opportunities throughout the school year where students showcase their talents and share their gifts with others. Forestwood is very proud of our quality orchestra program and its supportive Booster Club. We are committed to work with parents and students to provide an excellent music education for all of our students.
This is my eighth year at Forestwood, but I have taught orchestra in public schools since 1995. I teach at the DFW WOW Suzuki Institute and the UTA Summer Strings program during summers and have a year round private studio throughout the year.
I grew up in Chattanooga, Tennessee and began playing the violin in the fifth grade orchestra program in our local public school. Violin studies soon became a lifestyle of practicing, studying with private teachers, performing with orchestras and quartets, judging contests and teaching.
My husband plays bass trombone with the Dallas Symphony and The Sun Valley Symphony. We have two sons, Bryce (18) and Grant (15), who enjoy playing tennis and cello. Music has always been an important part of my family and professional life. It brings joy, enlightens the soul, engages the mind, invites self-expression, develops cooperative learning, and boosts self-esteem.
Assistant Orchestra Director
My name is Madeline DeHart, and I am the assistant orchestra director at Forestwood. I began teaching in 2020 and came to Forestwood in 2022! I will be on campus in the afternoons to teach Symphony Orchestra and Beginning Viola.
I grew up in Denton, and started playing violin in the fifth-grade strings program. I chose to go into music education because I loved my experience in public school orchestra. Without my orchestra teachers, I would not have had the opportunity to learn violin and pursue my future. I hope to provide that same opportunity for students to discover a love of music! Watching middle school students discover and learn is one of my greatest joys in teaching.
When I am not at school, I enjoy spending time with my family, playing violin at church and in the community, singing, reading, and attending Jiu Jitsu classes as a newbie. I look forward to a wonderful year of making music with our awesome students!
MARC AND AMBER BLUFORD
DALE AND ELLA CROWN
MARTHA AND WERNER PIERCE
AARON AND JEN PRYOR