B.M.E. Belarusian State Pedagogical University; M.E., University of Oklahoma; PhD in Music Education, University of Florida
Alena Holmes teaches Early Childhood, Elementary and Middle School Music Methods, and Pedagogy and Practice for Teaching General Music K-12. Originally from Belarus, Alena Holmes started her career in her native country where she taught elementary classroom music, solfege and piano skills, worked as a musician and singer with popular bands and concert organizations and had numerous appearances on popular Belarusian TV and radio shows. She then worked as a singer, musician and teacher in China, Bahrain and Italy. During her studies at the University of Florida, she taught Music in the Elementary Classroom and Fundamentals in Arts and Humanities courses. At the same time, she taught in the Florida public schools and ran her own innovative piano/solfege studio. Her instruction at the University of Florida landed her in 2006 the David Wilmot Prize for Excellence in Music Education. In 1993, while she was a student teacher at the Belarusian State Pedagogical University in Minsk, Belarus she was awarded the Best Music Teacher’s Award. Ms. Holmes is increasingly active in presenting research papers and conducting workshops at music education conferences. She has presented at the International Society for Music Education Conference in Malaysia and Italy, Hawaii International conference on Arts and Humanities, Regional and National conferences of College Music Society, 18th International Kodaly Symposium and a Symposium on Assessment in Music Education.
Early Childhood Music Methods, Pedagogy and Practice for Teaching General Music K-12, Elementary/Middle School Music Methods, Students Teacher and Field Study Supervision, Music as a World Phenomenon.