Ms. Michelle Lewis
Visual Arts Teacher
Ms. Lewis teaches Art to grades K-5. Check out Art from Ms. Lewis' class.
She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance, a Bachelor of Education, a Special Education certificate, and is a reading specialist. Ms. Lewis has a diverse background in teaching and has taught K-6 special education, visual arts, and dance. She has also worked as a reading coach and a reading intervention and literacy support teacher. Ms. Lewis has been teaching at Glenview since 2011.
When she is not teaching at Glenview, Ms. Lewis loves to paint, draw, hike, and bike. She also enjoys reading, going to plays and visiting music venues. Her favorite children's book is Wilfred Gordon MacDonald Partridge by Mem Fox. Her dream is to one day travel to South America, India and Indonesia.
Ms. Melanie DeMore
Artistic Director, Oakland Children's Community Choir (OCCC)
Ms. DeMore teaches music to 2-3 graders.
She is a singer-songwriter who weaves the fibers of African-American folk music with soulful ballads, spirituals, and her own original music. She has toured extensively, singing at festivals, universities, coffee houses, and concert halls. Ms. DeMore’s recordings, Share My Song and Come Follow Me, are collections of her heartfelt music. In addition to her solo work, DeMore facilitates vocal workshops forprofessional and community-based choral groups and has taught her program “Sound Awareness” in schools, prisons, and youth organizations in the US, Canada, Cuba, and New Zealand. A recipient of a Music Educators National Conference award for her work with young singers and artists, DeMore was a California Artist-in-Residence with the Oakland Youth Chorus for ten years and is also a founding member of the Grammy-nominated vocal ensemble Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Choir. She is on the music faculty at St. Paul's School in Oakland, where she teaches a cappella singing. Ms. DeMore has been the in-school artist educator for the Oakland Children’s Community Choir’s residencies since the program’s inception, as well as the director of the Choir for all performances in school and in the community. As such, she develops curriculum for the program’s residences, composes and/or selects the repertoire, and interfaces with teachers to align curriculum with Statestandards.
Ms. Claudia McCarthy
Music and Orchestra Teacher
Bio coming soon.
Teaches music and orchestra to grades 4-5.
Living Jazz Children’s Program (LJCP)
In 2005, in an effort to help fill the gap in music education in the Oakland public schoolsystem, Living Jazz created the Living Jazz Children’s Program (LJCP), a free music education program with an integrated approach to VAPA standards for 1st – 3rd grades, now serving over 400 students in three schools. Its two complementary components (vocal and rhythm) teach music through the lens of diverse cultural traditions and history. The Living Jazz Children’s Program choral component teaches vocal fundamentals, simple body percussion and performance skills for large group ensemble singing, along with the historical and cultural context of the repertoire as it relates to the civil rights movement, Dr. King and its other leaders. Our professional teaching artists compose and arrange compositions highlighting civil rights activists and social justice to be performed in school assemblies and at a major public concert. The Living Jazz Rhythm Program builds on the choral component's exposure to rhythm and body percussion with more complex polyrhythms and the use of instruments. It continues to emphasize the historical context ofmusic via the cultures and history of the African Diaspora, further develops rhythmic coordination, and strengthens the musical skills needed for OUSD’s band/orchestra program. Each season, Afro-Caribbean folkloric specialists are hired to implement this rhythm component. LJCP provides weekly lessons throughout the entire school year culminating in high profile performances and in-school assemblies.