Degrees and Certifications:
BA Music Education - Northern Arizona University Az Teaching Certificate: K-12 Endorsement, SEI Endorsement
Ms. Katherine Ritsko
Welcome! My name is Katie Ritsko. I am currently the Director of Music here at Anthem. Being the new General Music Teacher (K-3, 5), Choir Director (4-8) and Band Director (4-8) is a truly amazing experience andI am excited to be a part of your music education journey!
A little about your music/choir classroom...
It is my mission to foster an appreciation and love for music while creating a safe and educational environment. Students will be assessed based on the Arizona Arts Standards while challenged to strive for excellence in each category outlined through DVUSD curriculum:
- Music Theory/Literacy
- Music History and Cultural Context
- Analysis, Evaluation, and Critique
- Aesthetics (concepts related to music on a social, emotional, and personal)
A little bit about me...
My family is originally from Las Vegas, NV, but I settled in Arizona where I received a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education with an instrumental emphasis in tuba. I am coming to Anthem after 3 years of teaching in the southern Phoenix region, working with kindergarten through 3rd grade (general music) and high school brass/band. I continue to work as the Brass Specialist at Cesar Chavez High School and as the Low Brass Technician at Boulder Creek High School. I also work summers up in Flagstaff as Head Counselor for the NAU Curry Summer Music Camp. My life is all about kids! I still make time for personal adventures including hiking, traveling, fitness and new experiences.
Food: Burgers and Italian
Phone App: Duolingo
Movies: Action/Adventure and Musicals
Music: Just about anything!
If you have any questions about your child's music education, please do not hesitate to contact me through my school email or phone. I prefer email, but I will always respond in a timely manner to whichever is more convenient for you. Phone calls will be returned after school hours.
It is an absolute honor to be a part of the Anthem Rockets community and I am looking forward to a wonderful year together!