My name is Lauren Alten and I am the K-4 General Music Teacher here at Brookville. This is my 5th year of teaching general music and my 3rd year in Brookville Schools. I am a 2013 graduate of Loveland High School and a 2017 graduate of Otterbein University with a Bachelor's of Music Education. I taught K-5 general music for Findlay City Schools for two years, and moved to the Dayton area over the summer of 2019. In addition to teaching music for Brookville, I have previously served as the JV Girls' Volleyball Coach at Brookville High School. When I am not teaching music or coaching volleyball, my hobbies include exercising, painting, and spending time with family.
During my time at Otterbein University, I studied under the direction of Dr. Marla Butke. Dr. Butke is a Master Teaching Artist with the American Eurhythmics Society, serves as the president of the board of AES, and co-author of the book, “Meaningful Movement: A Music Teacher’s Guide to Dalcroze Eurhythmics.” The Dalcroze Approach to music education, founded by Swiss pedagogue and composer Emile Jaques-Dalcroze, is best known in the music education community for creating an approach to teaching music that incorporates rhythmic- and movement-based exercises to increase musical sensitivity for students. The Dalcroze approach utilizes locomotor movements (walking, hopping, skipping, etc.) as a way for students to interpret music. Additionally, research shows that there is a link between rhythm and reading. Students in grades K-4 at Brookville receive a well-rounded music education founded in the philosophies of the Dalcroze Approach to Music Education.