Joanne May is assistant professor of music education at Elmhurst, where she supervises student teachers, teaches music theory and string techniques and conducts the Philharmonic Orchestra.
She taught for 33 years in the Illinois public schools—all levels of orchestra, general music and band, and served as music department chair and orchestra director at Glenbard East High School in Lombard. She is an active guest conductor and clinician for workshops and festivals throughout the country.
May is recipient of the Those Who Excel Award for excellence in teaching, was named Outstanding School Orchestra Director of the Year by Illinois ASTA, and Chicagoland Outstanding Music Educator by Quinlan and Fabish Music Co. She has been honored for distinguished service and for teaching excellence by the Glenbard High Schools, IMEA and the U.S. Department of Education.
She is compiling editor of The String Teacher’s Cookbook: Creative Recipes for a Successful Program, and author of Music for Homeschoolers: A Guide to Music Instruction for Homeschool Families that was published in March 2010. She is a National Board Certified teacher, and is past president of the Illinois American String Teachers Association.
May received B.S. and M.S. degrees in music education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she studied violin with Paul Rolland and Homer Schmidt. She has completed post-graduate coursework in music education, Suzuki teacher training and educational administration and supervision.