About the Author

My Career
Susan N. Bujold has been a music educator at the middle level (grades 5-8) for her whole career.  Ms. Bujold is teaching choir at present but has also taught Music Technology, General Music, Guitar and Keyboard lab classes. She is currently at Heritage Middle School in West St. Paul Minnesota.  There she teaches choir to 500 students in a very diverse school. She is a mentor teacher and was heavily involved in writing the school district’s current middle school music curriculum and is a member of Heritage Middle School Magnet Committee and is a department head. Ms. Bujold taught previously at Grass Junior High School (now Heritage), St, Mark’s Catholic School and Prior Lake Junior High School – all in Minnesota. Currently Ms. Bujold is serving on a District Strategic Team working on use of technology, digital learning, and personalized education.

Heritage Middle School is an STEM Magnet school with an Environmental focus in which every student in the school has an iPad to use as a learning tool at school and at home.  West St. Paul  is a community that is rich in their support of music education and there is a vital arts program at this school.  Heritage Middle School was one of the first to have a 1-1 ipad initiative in the United States and has become a model for many other schools as they bring this tool into their schools.  Heritage also had the recent distinction of being named an Apple Distinguished School.

Ms. Bujold holds a Bachelor or Arts Degree from the College of St. Scholastica and has done graduate course work at the University of Minnesota and the College of St Thomas.   Ms. Bujold has also worked as Director of Music in several local churches and performs frequently as an accompanist for many solo musicians and ensembles. She has been twice nominated for Minnesota Teacher of the Year and received a Minnesota Music Award for a Children’s Album she co-produced several years ago.

Ms. Bujold is a member of NAfME (National Association for Music Education), MMEA (Minnesota Music Educators Association) and TI:ME (Technology Institute for Music Education).

Ms. Bujold’s training in the use of technology in music has included workshops with TIES and the Perpich Center for the Arts.  She has also had extensive training through the school and district staff development plan for technology.  Her use of the Ipads in choir classrooms includes: teaching composition with GarageBand, Beatwave and Isle of Tune sharing of written documents and audio files through email and Dropbox and Google Drive, demonstration of musical concepts through multimedia presentations and projecting lessons using Explain Everything as well as using guided searches using the inquiry method and Schoology applications.

My Personal Interests
Ms. Bujold has two grown sons and spent much of the last 20 years actively involved in their many activities. Now that she has free time (or at least more of it), she is an avid golfer, a flower gardener, loves to read mysteries and  enjoys designing  jewelry  and birdhouses for family and friends.

I Would Love to Help
Ms. Bujold is available for consulting with individuals and groups. She presenting seminars about the use of iPads in large ensemble settings.   She is more than happy to share what she has learned with other music educators who will be implementing iPads in their music classrooms.

 

Please contact Ms. Bujold at: sqsings@gmail.com for  information about speaking with you or a group.

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