From "Thinking Outside of the Box" to Music Education Undergraduates, to Sacred Music seminars at multiple churches and Choral pedagogy clinics at various middle and high schools, Mrs. McNiff is an active Guest Clinician and Lecturer whose approach is "energetic, engaging and extremely content-driven". Interested in a visit with your church, choir or class? Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Arts Integration Specialist
Identifying research linking music with history and language arts, Mrs. McNiff uses traditional elementary music and choral methods to engage students in traditional music education methodology inspired by Pestalozzi and later by Lowell Mason. Mrs. McNiff has taught both elementary and secondary music in Title 1 Public Schools and Charter Schools.
Church Music Director
While maintaining full focus on the liturgical calendar, Mrs. McNiff has led Adult, Children and Hand Bell choirs, directed both traditional and contemporary works with choir and orchestra, and has created cohesive music programs which allow congregants to experience a truly worshipful experience, matching their individual needs. Mrs. McNiff has also expanded church programs to include life-long learning courses in sacred music history and adult sight-reading courses for choir members.
Conductor & Artistic Director
To fulfill the growing needs of young conductors in Arizona, Mrs. McNiff founded a Audivi Vocem Conductors Choir LLC, a summer choral conducting institute in which she supervised undergraduate students as they rehearse volunteer ensembles in masterclasses led both by herself and by world renown Guest Faculty, such as Jerry Blackstone and James Jordan. This program served students from the University of Arizona, Arizona State University and Northern Arizona University and has ensembles in Tucson and Phoenix.
In addition, Mrs. McNiff has led various local community choral ensembles and was both a course instructor and co-conductor for ensembles at the University of Arizona and Arizona State University.