2nd - 5th Grade Music Teacher
If you were to ask her, Genae would describe herself as a Musician. To her, being a musician allows her to be actively passionate about everything she loves about music: Singing, playing piano, writing, conducting, performing, and Teaching! Genae Marie received her B.A. in both Music and Education from Spelman College in 2005. During this time she performed with the Spelman College Glee Club and became the assistant conductor for a year, and also music director for the on-campus church Sister’s Chapel. Outside of college, she worked as program coordinator at Drexel Institute for the Arts, teaching chorus for musicals, piano and voice, as well as a church staff musician.
Genae attended graduate school at Tennessee State University where she began accompanying students on the piano, teaching undergraduate music courses as a graduate assistant, participated in a Jazz Ensemble, and a production of The Mikado. She also had the opportunity to conduct a TSU and Vanderbilt commissioned work. Genae received her M.S. in Music Education with a concentration in Advocacy in 2008.
Returning to Atlanta, Genae joined a writing team and began to write and perform music around the city, and became a member of BMI performing rights organization. She received her certification to teach music in 2010, taught in Atlanta Public Schools, and joined the Woodruff Arts Center Arts Partners committee. The next three years brought many exciting opportunities and changes. As a professional background vocalist, Genae found herself working for, opening and sharing the stage with Artists such as Janelle Monae, Prince, Bruno Mars, and Amy Winehouse. She stills performs and writes to this day!
Genae hopes that her experiences will help her students to see that learning to be a musician is fun and allows them to find their voice and their sound. She feels that becoming a Music teacher is one of her most meaningful accomplishments, and she hopes to keep sharing the joy of music with all of her students.