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Ms. Carolyn Robblee
Welcome to the Belmont Ridge band family!
My name is Carolyn Robblee and I am the Director of Bands here at BEMS. This is my 18th year of teaching and I am so happy to be a part of this wonderful community of students, teachers and parents. Before coming to Belmont Ridge, I taught in a variety of settings: elementary general music and band, middle school band, high school band and guitar, as well as music education and clarinet at the university level. I have lived and taught in Minnesota, Oregon, Washington and Illinois. When my husband and I moved to Virginia from Chicago two summers ago, we decided that we are ready to settle down in one place!
I earned my Bachelor of Music degree at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN where I was a music education major. At Washington State University in Pullman, WA, I earned my Master's degree in clarinet performance. I have also done graduate work in clarinet performance at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon. As a music teacher, I feel it is important to always grow and learn so that I can be the best teacher for my students. Because of that, I maintain an active performing schedule as a clarinet player. In Chicago, I played in the Lake Shore Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, the Evanston Symphony, and the Northshore Concert Band.
I teach 6th, 7th, 8th grade band as well as jazz band at Belmont Ridge. I am excited to get to know each and every one of you and make some amazing music. I have very high expectations of my students, and we always have a lot of fun!