Mary Jane Phillips
Location: Texas, USA
Mary Jane Phillips is in her 25th year of teaching middle school choral music in Texas. She currently teaches at Wayside Middle School in Eagle Mountain- Saginaw ISD in the northwest suburbs of Fort Worth. Ms. Phillips graduated cum laude from Texas Christian University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education, where she studied with Dr. Ruth Whitlock, Dr. John Large and Ronald Shirey. She has done additional coursework with Dr. James Jordan of Westminster Choir College. Ms. Phillips is a frequent adjudicator and clinician around the state of Texas, and her choirs and individual students consistently perform at an exemplary level in state and local competitions. She has served Region V as both the JH/MS Region Secretary and JH/MS Region Chair, and was a Region V UIL contest chair for 10 years. She is also a past Secretary/Treasurer of the Texas Choral Directors’ Association. She has presented workshops on the male and female adolescent changing voice, recruiting, sight reading games and sight reading pedagogy for the University of Texas at Arlington, Texas Women's University, Texas Christian University, Texas State University at San Marcos and for the Texas Choral Directors’ Association, Oklahoma Music Educators’ Association, Oklahoma Choral Directors’ Association, Alabama Choral Directors' Association, Connecticut Choral Directors’ Association, American Choral Directors' Association and the Nationl Middle School Choral Conference. She has written articles for Texas Sings!, ChorTeach and the Choral Journal. Along with Laura Farnell, she is the author of the SOS - Simplifying Our Sightreading book, flash chards and Rhythm Reader. She has been nominated by her students for a BISD Golden Apple Award, Who's Who Among America's Teachers and a Disney American Teacher Award. Ms. Phillips is exceptionally proud of the fact that several of her former middle school students are choral directors, elementary music teachers, private voice teachers, church musicians, sound engineers or current music majors in college. She is a member of TCDA, TMEA, TMAA, ACDA, PTA and Mu Phi Epsilon. She lives with her incredibly patient husband, Troy and precious eleven year old daughter, who is also a budding musician.