Nov 16th, 2004 @ 9:32 pm | Author:
Dr. Sara Hagen, Assistant Professor of Music at Valley City State University (VCSU), has been named the North Dakota Music Teachers’ Association (NDMTA) 2004 Teacher of the Year. Sara was nominated by the Valley City Music Teachers’ Association and selected to receive the award by a committee of Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) executive board members.

Sara has been an active member of MTNA since 1994 and has served as treasurer and secretary of VCMTA. She has been the NDMTA Technology Chair since 1996 and served as NDMTA MusicLink Chair from 2001-2003. Sara has given numerous workshops, presentations, and papers at local, state, national and international forums. She served on the 2002 planning committee for the MTNA National Technology Symposium and was responsible for a significant portion of the program. Sara chaired the national Association for Technology in Music Instruction (ATMI) conference in Kansas City in 2002. Sara is a member of Music Educators National Conference, the North Dakota Music Educators Association, the Association for Technology in Music Education in which she serves as national Secretary, the Technology Institute for Music Education, and the College Music Society. She currently serves as the Teacher Education representative on the North Dakota Music Educators State Board of Directors. Recent performances included individual appearances in VCSU faculty recitals, recitals as piano accompanist, and a shared recital with her daughter, as well as continuing involvement in band and choral performances.

Dr. Hagen holds the Bachelors degree in Music Education and the Masters degree in Music from the University of North Dakota and the Ph.D. in Music Education from the Florida State University in Tallahassee. Sara is a Certified TI:ME(Technology Institute for Music Educators) Instructor. In addition, she is a certified trainer for MakeMusic!’s SmartMusic software. Sara has 24 years of teaching experience in public schools, the private studio, and on the music faculty at Valley City State University.

About Valley City State University

Valley City State University (VCSU) is a four-year undergraduate university that prepares people for life through visionary leadership and exemplary practices in teaching, learning and service. VCSU is nationally acclaimed for attracting and retaining talented individuals who advance quality learning opportunities and economic growth through technology and innovation.