Getting to know… Mariah Burt, K-5 Music Teacher

What excites me most about my job?
I love coming to work because I get to interact with every child in the school. I believe that I make an impact in some small way in every child’s life. Community, care, respect, love, and musical passion are common in the music classroom everyday. I get to come and move, skip, hop, and sing all day long. When I explain my job to other people, they don’t believe my job description! I love it!

What inspired you to become a teacher?
I grew up in the city of Chicago and went to many different public and private schools. Because of this, I had the opportunity to see many different types of people, cultures, neighborhoods, and financial and ethnic diversities. I knew early on that I wanted to be in a diverse environment in the profession I chose. I participated in many school choirs and the Chicago Children’s Choir, enabling me to travel across the country to perform. In all of these settings there were always a few consistent things that I loved: diversity, music, and team work. Surprisingly, I had not thought of becoming a music teacher until late in high school. I woke up one day my senior year and just knew that this is what I was meant to do. I have performed all of my life and continue to do so. At Carrie Busey, I have the opportunity to give students an outlet to find their own passions in life and learning through music, play, and performance. I became a music teacher to shape the lives and care for the hearts of students from all walks of life.

How long have you been at Carrie Busey?
This is my third year at Carrie Busey.

What are some of your favorite memories at Carrie Busey?
My favorite memories include playing Education Through Music games with my students in class, watching students become confident in who they are, and dance club. One of the coolest opportunities I have had here was working with the University of Illinois’ School of World Music. Professors came and taught Capoeria, a Brazilian dance/martial art, to a group of after school students.

What do you do when you are not at Carrie Busey?
When I am not at Carrie Busey I enjoy spending time with my family. I perform publicly as often as I can and salsa dance as a hobby.

Where did you go to school?
VanderCook College of Music

When you were a kid, what did you want to be?
When I was a kid, I could never decide what I wanted to be. Some days it was an opera singer, others a pediatrician, occasionally a lawyer. Ultimately, I decided to be a music teacher and a performer. I am where I am supposed to be!


One Response to “Getting to know… Mariah Burt, K-5 Music Teacher”


    Always knew you would do something special in your life because of the good heart you have.

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