Anne Fennell is the Creative Arts Department Chair at Mission Vista High School in Vista Unified School District and teaches three levels of music composition and three levels of steel drum ensembles.  

She has taught music education, K-12, for 30 years, in addition to her national and international consulting and workshops in assessment, curriculum, and creativity. Ms. Fennell is a published author with Pearson Education, the GRAMMY Foundation, and Disney, and chairs and holds national council positions in music education.

She has received numerous local, state, and national awards, including the 2016 top ten Finalists for the GRAMMY Music Educator Award, and the state award for Innovation in Music Education for 2017.  She holds a Bachelor’s in Music Education, certificates in Orff-Schulwerk, second language acquisition, and character education, and a Masters in Leadership Studies. She is passionate about music education, creativity, and engendering lifelong musicians.

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top 10 finalist for the grammy music educator award 2016

Ms. Fennell was  1 of 10 teachers in the U.S. -- out of some 4,500 nominees -- to be honored as a finalist for the Music Educator Award. The category, still in its infancy, was introduced three years ago at the 55th annual awards ceremony as part of the foundation’s Grammy in the Schools program.

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Our Teacher:  Anne Fennell

Ms. Fennell believes all humans are musicians and creative and given the opportunity, anyone can arrange and composer their own music - just like in the steel drum ensembles and in the music composition classes she teaches.