Dr. Heather Cote is currently in her 22nd year with the Westwood Public Schools in Westwood, MA, where she serves as the K-12 Director of Performing Arts as well as conducts the WHS concert band and wind ensemble. In addition, she is adjunct faculty at Longy School of Music in Cambridge, MA as well as adjunct faculty for Kent State University’s online Masters of Music Education program. She holds a Bachelors degree in Music Education from the Hartt School, a Masters degree in Theater Education from Emerson College and a D.M.A in Music Education from Boston University, where her dissertation research focused on teacher evaluation.
Dr. Cote has taught vocal, general and instrumental music at all levels K-12. She has presented nationally and internationally at state conferences and workshops on a variety of topics including assessment, teacher evaluation, curriculum and student growth in the arts. She has worked with the Boston University Music Education Program, serving as a pre-practicum and practicum mentor for undergraduate music education students. In addition, she has served as a guest lecturer for music education programs at various other universities.
Dr. Cote is a proud member of the Boston Musicians Union Local 9-535. As a woodwind specialist, she performs regularly in the Theater scene in both the Boston and Providence areas. She is currently Past-President for the Massachusetts Music Educators Association, having also served a 6-year term as Chairperson for the Eastern District. She is also Past-Chair for NAfME’s Council for Music Program Leaders and a current Member-at-Large.