Judy Beale

Part-time Instructor of Music Education

Judith ("Judy") Beale began teaching MUED 3340 for KSU at the Atlanta Metropolitian College Campus summer quarter of 2014. After teaching elementary music for 39 years, she retired in 2011 from Ford Elementary School in Cobb County. During her 17 years at Ford, Ms. Beale directed a non-auditioned chorus of 4th and 5th grade students.

This chorus performed for various community functions throughout Cobb County, the US Capitol in Washington, DC, the National Children's Choir at Carneige Hall in New York City, various community functions throughout Cobb County, as well as the GMEA Conference in Savannah 3 different years. The chorus received Superior ratings at the GMEA Large Group Performance Evaluation. At Ford, Ms. Beale also conducted a 5th grade Recorder/Orff Ensemble, served on several school commitees, directed grade level musicals and the annual "Evening in the Garden" all-school musical each May.

Prior to teaching at Ford, Ms. Beale taught at Murdock Elementary School in East Cobb where she directed monthly grade level musicals, served as grade level chair, served on several school committess, co-wrote and directed a faculty musical in celebration of the 20th anniversary for the school. She was named Teacher of the Year for the 1995-1996 school year at Murdock. While working for Cobb County Schools, Beale has served on the textbook adoption committee and the report card revision committee.

Before moving to the Cobb County School System, Ms. Beale taught in the Douglas County School System. She began the music program at Beulah Elementary School in 1972, was the first music and art teacher for Arbor Station Elementary School when it opened, and then taught half years at Arbor Station and Mt. Carmel Elementary Schools.

A native of Freeport, Pennsylvania, Ms. Beale received a BS Degree in Music Education with a concentration in voice from Geneva College, Beaver Falls, PA in 1972, a Master of Music Education Degree from Georgia State University in 1977 and a Specialist of Creative Arts Degree from Lesley University in Boston, Mass. in 2007. She has completed Kodaly Level I, as well as Orff Levels I, II and III, Master Class, and the AOSA Teacher Training Apprentice Program where she was an apprentice under Shirley McRae. Judy has taught Movement and Pedagogy for the AOSA teacher training courses at Memphis State University, Cobb County Schools, the University of Georgia and Lee University. Ms. Beale is past District XII Elementary Division Chair for the Georgia Music Educators Association; State Elementary Division Chair for GMEA; and immediate Past President of the Atlanta Chapter of the American Orff-Schulwerk Association. She served as Co-Chair of Registration for the National AOSA Conference in Birmingham, Alabama as well as Entertainment Chair for the Georgia State PTA Convention.

Ms. Beale was named Teacher of the Year at Arbor Station Elementary in 1997, Murdock Elementary in 1995 and runner up TOTY at Ford Elementary in 1997, 1998, and 1999. She is named in Who's Who Among American's Teachers, Who's Who Among Outstanding Educators, Who's Who Among Outstanding American Women, and in 1995 was awarded an Honorary Life Membership for PTA.

Judy has presented college workshops, as well as teacher-training workshops for Cobb County Schools and Douglas County Schools. She has been a guest cliniician for the Georgia Music Educators Association Conference and the Long Island, New York; Jacksonville, Florida; Atlanta, Georgia; Savannah, Georgia, and Mississippi AOSA Chapters. Ms. Beale has served as Guest Conductor for the District VII GMEA Elementary Honor Chorus, the Atlanta Chapter of AOSA Honor Ensemble, the Rockdale County, Carroll County, Paulding County, and Gwinnett County Elementary Honor Choruses. She is scheduled to direct the Muscogee County and Newton County Elementary Honor Choruses in 2015.

Ms. Beale began playing clarinet beginning in 4th grade playing in the school band, Western PA Honor Band, Geneva College Wind Ensemble and the Mt. Paran North Sanctuary Orchestra in Marietta, GA. She sang in the school choral groups, Western PA Honor Chorus, college choirs, and church choirs. Currently Judy performs with the Georgia Festival Chorus under the direction of Mr. Frank Boggs where she serves as Soprano Section Leader and Co-Business Manager.

Contact Judith Beale / beale.judith61@gmail.com