Erin Drury is currently serving in her 11th year at Carmichaels Area Elementary School. Her responsibilities include General Music K-5, Elementary Band, and Musical Mikes Chorus. Mrs. Drury received her undergraduate degree in Music Education summa cum laude from West Virginia University in 1998. While there, she won the Young Artist Competition in flute performance. Afterwards, she completed her Master of Music Degree at Illinois State University in flute performance with an emphasis in instrumental conducting in 2001. Post graduate studies include study in instrumental and choral literature studies at West Virginia University and Youngstown State University.
Mrs. Drury has twenty-two years experience as a music educator. Previously, she was the Director of Bands at Brooke High School in Wellsburg, West Virginia, and Instrumental Music Director for the St. Clairsville-Richland City School District in St. Clairsville, Ohio. During her career, she has served as Assistant Band Director for the O.V.A.C. All-Star Marching Band and nominated for Outstanding Teacher for Northeastern Ohio Region. She has also served as a guest band conductor and flute adjudicator in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Mrs. Drury also maintains a large private flute studio in Morgantown, West Virginia.
The goal of the Carmichaels Area Elementary General Music, Band, and Choral Music program is to provide all students with a strong foundation in the fundamentals of music. Also, it is important for students to understand the relationship music has with other subjects as well as cultivate creativity and appreciation for the arts. With a strong foundation, appreciation, and enjoyment of music, students are encouraged to continue their music education as they proceed onto the Middle and High School to build upon what they have learned here.
Throughout the school year, the Musical Mikes perform at sporting and community events. Also, this group present several concerts during the school year. The Elementary Band and Musical Mikes Chorus take annual trips to experience professional musical productions in Pittsburgh. Please see the individual Chorus and Band pages on the Carmichaels Area Elementary web site.