Mrs. Brandi Dignum

Phone: CDO: 696-5615 / Cross: 696-5942

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Degrees and Certifications:

Mrs. Brandi Dignum

Website: cdochoirs.com

Welcome! 

My name is Brandi Dignum and I am excited to be the Choir Director for CDO High School and the Choir and Musical Theater Director for Cross Middle School.  Additionally, I am an Associate Conductor with the Tucson Girls Chorus teaching the Ladybugs Choir and Hummingbirds Choir. I am a native Tucsonan who graduated from Cross Middle School, CDO High School, and then the University of Arizona with a full-ride scholarship for voice in Music Education.  I feel like I have come full circle and am thrilled to be at home sharing my passion for music and performing arts with you and your students!

Defining Moment in Education

In 2011, the Arizona Education Foundation selected me as an "Ambassador for Excellance," a title given to the top 5 teachers in the state.  I was also recognized as the Teacher of the Year for both Richardson Elementary School and the Flowing Wells School District. This was a turning point in my career because I was given a voice to promote the importance of Fine Arts Education in our state.

 Core Educational Belief

My philosophy of teaching begins and ends with my students.  As a music and Drama teacher, I am presented with a unique opportunity to positively impact the lives of the students in my classroom, preparing them for success in academics as well as in life.  It is my job to facilitate a creative, active, and enriching fine arts experience for every child.  I believe in a student-centered approach to teaching. 

 

Prior Experience 

2018 - Present Canyon del Oro High School and Cross Middle School, Amphitheater School District, Oro Valley, AZ

High School Choir Director and Middle School Choir and Musical Theater Director

2018 - Present Tucson Girls Chorus, Tucson, AZ

Associate Conductor  for Ladybugs and Hummingbirds Choirs, ages 2nd - 5th grade

2017 - 2018 Amphitheater School District, Tucson, AZ

Amphitheater School District Music Coordinator

2015 - 2018 Wilson K-8, Amphitheater School District, Oro Valley, AZ

Middle School Choir and Drama Teacher

2008-2017 Spotlight Youth Productions, Oro Valley, AZ

Assistant Director and Music Director

2008 – 2015 Richardson Elementary School, Flowing Wells School District, Tucson, AZ

Flowing Wells District Choir Coordinator,

General Music Teacher grades K-6, grade 4 recorders, and grades 4-6 choir

2004- 2005, Music Director, Gymboree Play and Music Programs, Tucson, AZ

Children 6 months to 6 years: general music

1997- 2001, Walter Douglas Elementary School, Flowing Wells School District, Tucson, AZ

General Music Teacher grades K-6, grade 4 recorders, and grades 4-6 choir

 

Education Deegrees & Certifications

Bachelors Degree in Music Education from the University of Arizona

Certified Orff-Schulwerk levels I, II, III