Meet Jeff Luna-Sparks (M.M.Ed./Kodály, B.S. Music Ed., and Orff Training)
Director of Jingle Jamboree Music
I teach ongoing Kodály music classes at Jingle Jamboree Music and Crestmont School. I am also the director of instrumental classes and band at Crestmont. I teach music at the Duck's Nest Preschool in Berkeley, Gay Austin, Hummingbird Montessori and Berkeley Hills Nursery School. I have previously taught at these preschools: Duck's Nest in Piedmont, Montessori Children's House of Albany, Montessori Family School, Growing Light Montessori, Willow Street Schoolhouse, Mustard Seed, Child Education Center, Lakeshore in Oakland and Garden Montessori in El Cerrito. I have my Masters in Music Education with a Kodály Emphasis from Holy Names College where I did my student teaching in the Piedmont Elementary Schools. I have two levels of Orff Certification completed through the summer program at Mills College in Oakland. I have a bachelor’s degree in music education from Ball State University in Indiana with a major in trombone and instrumental music, and a bachelor's degree in Humanities from Heritage University in Indianapolis, Indiana. I currently hold two California State Teachers Credentials in Music and Elementary General Classroom.
I have taught elementary vocal and instrumental music K-8 since 1987 and infant, toddler and preschool music since 1994. My elementary school in Fairfield was awarded the California Distinguished Schools award for Visual and Performing Arts under my musical leadership in 2000.
During my tenure as Director of Music at B. Gale Wilson Elementary in Fairfield, California, over 8,000 children grew to love music through play. The children also participated in four musicals throughout each school year as well as choral performances. My concert choir participated in the annual Bay Area Choral Festival in 1996 and 1997. In addition, my Show Choir auditioned and performed at Disneyland in 1996 and 1998. My beginning and intermediate bands performed more than 30 concerts each during my tenure at Wilson Elementary as well as participating in the Fairfield-Suisun All District Honor Band for 10 years. Many students participated in the CMEA Solo & Ensemble Festivals on flute, clarinet, trumpet, trombone & percussion. Many students placed first and several received the Command Performance Award from the festival judges.
I am available for ongoing music lessons in reading and writing music through games and play for elementary age children as well as instrumental lessons for beginning and intermediate students. I also produce and direct children’s musicals upon request.
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