ASU alumna receives Outstanding Young Music Educator Award


tamiya stone receiving award

Adams State University Alumna Tamiya Stone '11 receiving the Colorado Music Educators Association 2016 Outstanding Young Music Educator at the award's ceremony on January 28.

"I was stunned when I received this award," Stone said. Butch and Cynthia Eversole, music educators in her school district, nominated her. "To have other music educators nominate me was a true honor. These are people who know what it takes to teach music and for them to think I am worthy of this means a great deal to me."

Tracy Doyle, Adams State professor of music said: "Proud does not begin to describe the feeling. It was an honor to have worked with such a special young woman. Congratulations Tamiya."

For the last five years, Stone has taught music and beginning sixth-grade band at Palmer Lake Elementary School in Palmer Lake, Colo. "My favorite part of teaching is when students take control of their learning. I love experiencing the light bulb moment and the excitement that follows." She knows she has accomplished her goal when a student in the hallway and hums a melody they worked on in class.

Stone received her bachelor's in music education. "Adams State is a small school that allows students and professors to work together and individualize learning. I never felt like I was left behind or unable to ask questions"

She remembers learning to re-imagine music for every individual and she continues to use this approach with her students.

Many of her former professors inspired Stone, including Doyle, Dr. Matthew Schildt, professor of music, and Dr. Beth Robison, Music Department chair. "The professors work together to create world-ready educators and musicians," Stone said. Doyle got her excited about teaching elementary music. "She always told me that she became a college professor to inspire new teachers." Robison showed her the impact of music on any age and Schildt inspired Stone to look more in-depth at a piece of music.

She also appreciated James Doyle, assistant professor of music, and his style. "Mr. Doyle always made amazing percussive sounds when teaching a piece and I often find myself using this method with my beginning band percussionists."

Stone plans to attend graduate school and receive a master's in choral conducting. "My goal is to keep improving so I can be the most impactful teacher I can be for students."

According to the CMEA website, the CMEA mission is to serve the educational needs of its members and to provide growth opportunities to music educators regardless of their experience in the profession.