About Me

Carol Rich Raedy
Charlotte, NC 28211
704-367-2536 (h) 704-458-0708 (c)

Education
Kodaly Music Training - levels 1 and 2
James Madison University summer program (2009-2010)

Montessori Training – Upper Elementary (1998)

MA Education - Curriculum and Instruction
California State University, Bakersfield, California (1994)

BA Elementary Education
College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia (1986)

Current Work

Private music lessons and classes (2009-present)
I teach a variety of classes including singing for shy singers, world music drumming, ukulele crash course and recorders.  I teach private lessons on hammered dulcimer, fiddle, mountain dulcimer, banjo, ukulele and guitar.  This video is a performance of my drum and recorder classes playing along with Charlotte Community Singers.


Performing (1998-present)
I perform at various venues (schools, churches, weddings, festivals) singing and playing fiddle, hammered dulcimer, dulcimer and leading community singing and dancing.



Community Singers (2004-present)
I founded and direct an intergenerational folk chorus committed to promoting peace through music. We volunteer in the community presenting joyful music programs with songs from many styles and cultures that encourage audience participation.



Previous Music Teaching/Volunteer Work
Shands School (2012-2017)
part time music teacher
Friends School of Charlotte (2012-2013)
part time music teacher for grades K-5
This was a very small school with 18 students.  I loved that I got to see each class twice a week. Each class formed a band for the last month of school and worked up a song to perform.  Here is a Youtube of one of the groups doing their performance for graduation. 


Central Piedmont Community College (2009 – 2011)
part time instructor teaching Music in the Elementary Classroom

Saint Patrick Elementary School  (2000-2007)
music teacher for grades K-5
I taught general music classes, directed the school choir, recorder club and hand chimes choir.  I held various special interest mini classes such as dulcimer, guitar and percussion.  I also directed a fifth grade musical each year and an all school holiday program.

Here is a video of the 5th grade classes singing a song for graduation:

Satisfied Mind (1998-2003)
I ran my own educational business integrating the arts with history, math and science. Topics included: Making a One String Banjo, Wagons West, A Song and a Dance (songs and dances from around the world), Ordering the Universe (exploring the relationships of recurring patterns in nature with art, science and math), Making Music (music concepts, songs and instruments from cultures around the world pdf), Making Folk Toys and Instruments

Charlotte Preparatory School (1995-2000)
(formerly Charlotte Montessori School), Charlotte, NC
Music Teacher for Elementary and Pre-School Program (1998-2000)
Upper Elementary Teacher, Music Teacher (1995 - 1997)

Unitarian Universalist Church of Charlotte (2006)
I directed the Children’s Choir and the Summer Family Folk Choir.

Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center (spring 2008)
I volunteered in the College for Older Adults teaching a rounds singing class.

Charlotte Folk Society

I volunteered as vice-president of the Board of Directors (2001-2003)
I helped write and participated in The Traditional North Carolina Music Project, a collaborative project of the Charlotte Folk Society and the Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools Afterschool Enrichment Program.

Aldersgate Retirement Community, Charlotte, NC
Chorus Director (June 1998 – June 1999)

Southwest Virginia 4-H Educational Center, Abingdon, VA
(2000-2004 – one week each fall)
I taught the Appalachian music portion of one of their Elderhostel (Road Scholar) programs.


Earlier Career (1983-1995)
Virginia Avenue School, Bakersfield, California (1994-1995)
Reading Specialist for grades K-6

Friends School, Bakersfield, California (1991-1994)
5th/6th grade teacher, student council advisor, oral language coach

La Petite Academy, Bakersfield, California (1990-1991)
Kindergarten/Afterschool Teacher

Hurley Elementary School, Salisbury, North Carolina (1989-1990)
6th grade teacher

Longfellow Elementary School, Bakersfield, California (1986-1988)
5th grade teacher

Southwest Virginia 4-H Educational Center, Abingdon, Virginia (Summers 1984-1986)
Clowning Class Instructor, Song Leader, Kitchen Worker, Clerk

Williamsburg United Methodist Church, Williamsburg, Virginia (1984 – 1985)
I was the youth director in charge of organizing, planning and carrying out the youth
program for the church including music, service and worship activities.

Mountain T.O.P. (Tennessee Outreach Project), Altamont, Tennessee (Summer 1983) 
I was a Field Coordinator responsible for contacting potential clients, getting donation,
organizing projects and work teams and serving as a general camp counselor.