The Wildcat Orchestra Program is a highly competitive and rigorous program in Tomball ISD consisting of six beginning sixth grade instrumental classes at the Oakcrest and Northpointe Intermediate campuses and five orchestra classes at Willow Wood Junior High School. All of these classes meet every day for one class period and are taught by dedicated orchestra teachers. All students are eligible to participate in orchestra in sixth, seventh, and eighth grade, but all seventh and eighth graders must audition for class placement before joining.
Ms. de Leeuw (pronounced deLAY-you) attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she received degrees in violin performance and music education. She then went on to earn her master's degree in music education with concentrations in string pedagogy and violin performance from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, as well as certification in the Suzuki method for violins and violas. While earning her master's, she taught at the Fairview Elementary School violin project. She then went on to teach orchestra in the Mamaroneck and Arlington school districts in New York, as well as work in the Stringendo Orchestra School of the Hudson Valley. She has presented sessions at the national conferences for the American String Teacher's Association on incorporating self-directed learning in student chamber music ensembles, as well as using adaptive playground games in the orchestra classroom. She is very excited to see all the old and new orchestra students again and is looking forward to a great year of music-making!