Krissi Davis is the Orchestra Director at Midtown High School in Atlanta, Georgia where she was the 2019 Atlanta Public Schools Teacher of the Year. She currently serves as the Orchestra Division Chair for the Georgia Music Educators Association. She also serves as a teacher leader for the Connected Arts Network. She has presented sessions at the Georgia Music Educators Association Conference (NAfME) and The Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic. Orchestras under her direction have performed in Carnegie Hall and the 2018 American String Teachers Association National Orchestra Festival. She holds a bachelor’s degree and masters’ degree in Music Education from Georgia State University, and the University of Georgia respectively and is currently a Doctoral Candidate in Music Education at Georgia State University. Her research interests center around Culturally Responsive Teaching in string orchestra settings. (2023)
Preparation for performances starts on day one with relationship building. Students are more likely to have a vested interest in your program when they know that you care about them inside and outside of the music classroom. Within the first month of school, I have a “Welcome Back” social just to get to know my students and for students in different classes to get to know each other.