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Ms. Laura Martin
Hi! My name is Laura Martin, also known as Ms. "Music" Martin. I have been teaching music at FVES since 2014. I'm a typical elementary music teacher: bubbly, loud, personable, and always singing. Nothing makes me happier than teaching music to our students at FVES-- I'm lucky to have found my calling in life so young. On January 25, 2020, I will be presented with the North Carolina Symphony's Musicians Award. This award is presented to an emerging music educator with less than ten years of experience. This award is given in honor of the music teachers have inspired and influenced Symphony musicians, especially in their early years, encouraging them to pursue their chosen instrument and mentoring them as they became professional musicians.
As our music specialist, I teach music classes to all students in Kindergarten through Fifth grade and teach a 4th/5th grade chorus after school on Thursdays. We call this chorus the FVES Ensemble. This incredible group of students is selected each year from fourth and fifth grade students that audition in early September. This group is seen performing all around our community and even in Downtown Raleigh. In December 2015 AND 2018, the FVES Ensemble won $5,000 from the Mix 101.5 Christmas Choir Competition. This year, we hope to see attendance at our performances grow so that we can share the joy of music through song with others!
People often ask me if I teach music lessons outside of FVES. The answer is yes and no. Do I teach private lessons? No. Do I teach music classes? Yes- sometimes. I was just named the new music director of the Carolina Children's Theater based out of Holly Springs. You can get your child involved in the arts in our Fuquay community by signing them up for classes here!
Outside of school I enjoy creating things I find on Pinterest, going to karaoke/trivia nights, going to music bingo with other FVES teachers, cuddling with my fur baby, Cleo, and spending time with friends and my awesome mother, Eileen Martin (Retired Teacher Assistant; she worked at FVES for 14 years).
My favorite quote: "When words fail, music speaks."