By Carolyn Lee
The Imperial Republican
Teaching music through “singing, saying, dancing, playing” is the theory of new elementary vocal music teacher Amy Walworth.
She was hired by Chase County Schools this summer to teach kindergarten through sixth grade music, replacing longtime teacher Dr. J. Gordon Christensen.
Walworth, 27, hopes to start building a good repoire with students. “I have an approach that’s creative, hands-on, for the whole child,” she explained. It’s learning through play.
“You sit on the floor with them and act like a kid yourself,” she laughed. “There are so many things I do; movement activities to teach, such as folk dances, speech. They all lead to an amazing performance.”
Walworth is a Corbin, Ky. native. She was a 2000 graduate of GreenBriar High School in Nashville, Tenn., then earned a Bachelor of Science degree in music education, K-12 instrumental, from Cumberland University in Lebanon, Tenn. in December, 2005.
The teacher moved to Kearney and married husband Michael in the spring of 2006. He is one year away from earning a degree in music composition at the University of Nebraska-Kearney.
Walworth was employed at Sumner-Eddyville-Miller school from 2006-2009, teaching K-12 music and “everything under the sun,” such as flag team, pep band, etc.
She also is two classes from obtaining her Masters Degree in music education from UN-K.
Walworth plays all instruments, but is especially interested in the clarinet. She played with the Kearney Symphony Orchestra for three years, and also sings with Michael, who is a folk singer under the title “The World’s Tallest People.” He is a singer-songwriter and is known in the Kearney-Lincoln-Omaha area.
The teacher has known since she was in the sixth grade that she wanted to teach music. That’s when her band director let her direct her fellow students. She also performed in church when she was young.
Walworth has already felt accepted in Imperial. Although the difference between Nashville and a small town is big, “It’s different going from another face in the crowd to ‘you have value.’”
“My main goal as a music teacher is to build community,” she commented, and “how you can contribute to the community.”
When not teaching, Walworth enjoys road biking, orchestra and knitting. She hopes to be able to form some community instrumental groups, especially woodwinds.