I would like to briefly introduce myself:

I was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, (3rd generation Japanese-American) and moved to the "Mainland" in 1968 when my father finished his engineer's degree at Oregon State University. I lived Walla Walla and graduated from high school in 1973, attended Walla Walla College from 1973-75 then moved to California in 1974 to continue my college education.

When I was 6 years old, my parents bought a new piano, and with it came a few free lessons. I loved taking lessons so I continued for many years. I play the piano, organ, ukelele, violin, harpsichord,  and percussion. For the past three summers, I have taken guitar lessons. I play mostly classical music, Spanish music, jazz, folk, and rock music.

My hobbies and interests include, but are not limited to:

*Raising German Shepherds, a Love Bird, and a guinea pig.

*Designing greeting cards

*Bird watching

*Tennis and walking

*Reading -- especially biographies, animal stories, and cultures.

*Studying foreign languages -- I can speak a little Italian, Russian, Japanese and am currently studying Arabic with my husband.

*I am an avid car enthusiast.

*Gardening -- especially growing hollyhocks, cacti, and succulent plants.


My education:

1978 - Bachelor of Music Education, Loma Linda University

2001 - Master's of Education - Lesley University

My teaching experience:

1978 - Band, middle school PE, and English -California

1980-93 - K-8th grades - Milton-Freewater, OR :

Band, Choir, PE, Computers, Career Education, Drama, and English tutoring


Adjunct music instructor at Whitman College, Walla Walla, Washington and

Writing Center Co-Director, English tutor (working with Spanish and Russian students) at Walla Walla Community College, and Computer Lab assistant from 1993-96.

My husband and I moved from Walla Walla to the Seattle area, and I have been teaching elementary music at Talbot Hill since 1996. My goal is to provide a quality music instruction and sharing my lifelong love of music with my students. I integrate many other subjects for a cross-curriculum education including  Math, PE, Drama, Creative Writing, History, Science, Foreign Languages, and World Music. Performance opportunities include group guitar class, participation in the West Hill Choral Festival (4th and 5th graders) and a concert for both intermediate and primary grade levels each year. I also work with Mr. Kerbs's "Top Notch Performers" in our school's Microsociety Program.

I want my students to learn how music is essential to their lives: it is not just limited to music classes.

I want them to know that music has something for everyone. Music enhances our lives and provides numerous avenues for children to succeed.

It is my privilege and joy to share my music with your children!

Mrs. Cheryl Jackson