Kortney Ross received her Bachelor’s degree in Music Education in May 2013, graduating magna cum laude. She was soon after hired as the music teacher at East Cheatham Elementary where she teaches Pre-K through 4th grade. During her time at Austin Peay Kortney gained valuable experience working with elementary aged students through regularly volunteering with the department’s outreach programs. Kortney was also a member of the Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, Marching Band, and Flute Ensemble at Austin Peay. Kortney studied under flute professor, Dr. Lisa Vanarsdel Wolynec, and played in several master classes. The largest of these was in 2010 when Kortney had the opportunity to play for world-renowned flutist William Bennett during his residency at the university. Kortney is a member of the National Association for Music Education, Pi Kappa Lambda music honor society, and Phi Kappa Phi and Gamma Beta Phi interdisciplinary honors societies.
Kortney is very excited to direct the Youth Percussion Ensemble and hopes that it will come to serve as an important part of the music community at Austin Peay and the surrounding area. This ensemble is sure to be fun and inviting for the students. However, parents can also rest assured that they will learn about the fundamentals of music, improvisation, composing, and performing all while building self-confidence and cooperation skills.
Kortney is very excited to be a part of the Youth Percussion Ensemble and hopes that it will serve as an important part of the music community at Austin Peay and the area. Kortney plans to make this ensemble fun and inviting while maintaining a productive learning environment to stimulate young minds. She also believes that private lessons should be enjoyable but that the basics of posture, breathing, tone production, and music are first and foremost. Kortney hopes to make all of her students well-rounded musicians as well as great flute players. Kortney always strives to teach in exciting and creative ways that promise to be different each week.