Clauda Lusararian, Music Education
As an advocate for elementary music education, Claudia Lusararian has over 25 years of teaching experience in New York, and Florida. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Florida International University, her National Boards in Early Childhood Music in 2011, and her Master’s degree by way of the Summer Music Studies from the University of the Arts, in Pennsylvania. Claudia earned her Orff Levels I, II, and III Certification under the guidance of Beth Ann Hepburn, Nick Wild, Janie Vance, Cyndee Giebler, and Michelle Przybylowski at Villanova University, in Pennsylvania.
Claudia’s leadership roles have included serving as President of the South Florida Orff Chapter, organizing workshops, and coordinating summer college courses for music teachers. She has also served as the District 1 Chairmen for Florida Elementary Music Education Association, preparing sessions for the FMEA convention in Tampa, assisting with All State Elementary Honors Choir, All State Elementary Orff Ensemble and providing services for one of the largest music education conventions in our nation. Her specialties in the Orff-Schulwerk process have led her to be an active presenter in professional development for music teachers throughout Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties
Claudia’s research interests include the effects of music education on all the core subjects. She holds the importance of music integration close to her heart and has conducted many parent workshops demonstrating the combination of music with literacy. In 2017, Claudia received the Teacher Of the Year award from Lake Forest Elementary School, where she worked closely with Sharon Boyd, and Tammy Holder to implement the Turn Around Arts Program. With the support of Michelle Obama to raise students’ test scores in low performing schools, Lake Forest Elementary School was chosen as one of three schools in all of Florida to participate in the Turn Around Arts Program. Receiving funds from S.E.A.S., Music Theater International and many others who believed that the arts play a vital role in a child’s education, L.F.E.’s Turn Around Arts team produced the musical The Little Mermaid and was able to perform at the Broward Performing Arts Center.
Claudia truly has a passion to spread the joy of learning, playing, and creating music. She currently teaches general music to over one thousand students at Westchester Elementary School, in Coral Springs, where she is also the director of four after school ensembles including Chorus, Orff Ensemble, Recorder Club, and Little Kids Rock Band. Claudia has had the honor of being the guest conductor at the 2018 Miami/Dade County Schools’ Superintendents Honors Music Festival and has been invited to be the conductor of the FEMEA Southern Regional Honors Orff Ensemble in 2020. She has attended six AOSA national conferences from San Diego, to Atlantic City, as well as the NAfME, and ACDA conferences throughout the United States. Locally she had performed with Nova University Singers, under the direction of Peggy Joyce Barber.
Claudia Lusararian is excited to have joined the faculty at Florida Atlantic University in 2020 as an adjunct professor, teaching Elementary Music Methods 2. She will be working to inspire inquisitiveness and motivation to future music educators while enabling them to embrace diversity, implement the music standards and maintain a quality music program that will nurture the creativity in the development of the whole child.