Jody Roseland

Vocal Music

Hello, I am Mrs. Roseland and I grew up on a farm by Forest River, North Dakota

My Grandma started me off singing at church when I was very little because my older sister and I would fight in the pew. We thought we were pulling one over on Mom and Dad but Grandma saw everything from the choir loft. So, to separate us, one would go sing with grandma and one would stay in the pew and then we would switch the next week. It worked for a while and then we started fighting over whose turn it was. Eventually we both sang with Grandma in the choir. (She always stood in between us!) My parents then saw that I enjoyed singing and sent me to music camps, honor choirs, many festivals and later Europe to study music.

My favorite part about being a music teacher is my students. They are why I am here and seeing them grow and learn is what motivates me to share my knowledge of music with them.

Through the years I have taken many students to various honor choirs and festivals. Some have even gone on to national festivals.

I have studied voice since the age of 10 and started singing publically at the age of 5. I started playing the piano when I was 10 and soon after the trombone, French horn, flugel horn, trumpet, baritone, saxophone, clarinet, viola and cello. I have toured Europe with The Sound of America three times and spent summers at the International Music Camp at the International Peace Gardens. I auditioned for and was selected to perform in many honor choirs as a middle and high school student. After high school I went on to study instrumental and vocal music at Northern State University in Aberdeen and graduated with a Bachelors of Music Education degree in both vocal and instrumental music. I student taught in Leola, South Dakota and did my first year teaching at Northwestern in Mellette, South Dakota. Caring for family members then took my husband and I to my home town where I taught 4-12 vocal and instrumental music in Minto, North Dakota and Cavalier, North Dakota. Last year I was diagnosed with cricoarytenoid arthritis, which is an arthritis of the vocal chords. It has been a challenge to work around but I am now in my eighth year of teaching.

My husband and I have been married for almost 11 years now. We have a toy schnauzer named Bella. She loves Battler football.

Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my family, traveling and floral design.

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