Jasmine Todd Faulkner is the music teacher at Polaris Expeditionary Learning School in Fort Collins, Colorado where she teaches K-12 modern band, songwriting and recording studio. She began teaching music in 2002, and soon after started a hip hop and breakdance club. During her career, she has taught in a variety of diverse settings including rural and urban schools, and an international school in Berlin, Germany.
Jasmine is a recipient of the 2024 NEA Global Learning Fellowship to Costa Rica, a quarterfinalist for the 2023 Grammy Music Educator Award, and contributing author for The Modern Band Handbook: Practical Perspectives and Lessons for Music Educators by Oxford University Press. She is currently polishing a K-12 curriculum for the full-inclusion modern band classroom. Outside of the K-12 classroom, Jasmine presents and designs professional developments supporting teachers to create curriculum reflecting the musical interests and cultures of their students. You can find some of her work on the YouTube channel: K-12 Modern Band with Jasmine.
Jasmine received degrees for a Bachelor of Music Education in Vocal Music at North Central College in Naperville, Illinois and a Master of Music Education with a Kodály Emphasis at Silver Lake College where she studied with Sister Lorna Zemke and Dr. John Feierabend. She is also trained in modern band by Music Will.
“If you cannot teach me to fly, teach me to sing!”-Sir James Barrie, Peter Pan