Ms. Alwin

Phone: 734-994-1976 x31514


Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor of Music, University of Michigan, Cello Performance Masters of Music Education, University of Michigan

Ms. Alwin

6th,7th,8th Grade Orchestra


Hobbies and Interests:

I love music and dancing from the Balkans, and have two folk ensembles that play music from Greece and Bulgaria. 
I also love to improvise with my cello and voice, and perform often in Southeast Michigan. I have a looping pedal which I use to create new compositions. I also play in the Dexter Community Orchestra. 

Strengths I bring to Clague:

I am very passionate about teaching music, and the impact that a comprehensive music education has on people. 
I am one of the program facilitators for the Comprehensive Outreach Music Program (C.O.M.P.), which helps to link students who would otherwise be unable to afford private lessons, with an enthusiastic and experienced private teacher. This program is a collaboration between the Ann Arbor Public Schools and the Community Music School of Ann Arbor.

Length of Service in Education: 

I began my public school career Salem, Oregon in 1998, where I taught for three years. I went through the open school program at Wines Elementary, MYA at Forsythe Middle School, and graduated from Community High School in 1992. This is my 13th year of teaching at Clague Middle School.


Recent performance projects have included collaborations with Detroit composers, focusing on improvisatory and contemporary idioms as well as the folk traditions of Bulgaria, Greece and Turkey.  Ms. Alwin received the 2013 Yale Distinguished Music Educator Award, being recognized for her innovative and exemplary pedagogy and curriculum amongst the best in the United States. Ms. Alwin was invited as a panelist for the 2012 American Orchestra Summit, bringing together performers, academics, and arts administrators to discuss the future of the professional orchestra. In 2012, Ms. Alwin traveled to Kenya to teach violin and learn about the rich culture of Kenya.