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Spotlight on Beth McDougall

When Mrs. McDougall was in middle school, she told her band teacher that she wanted to be a middle school band teacher someday and, for the past sixteen years, that is exactly what she has done. In addition to the sixth and seventh combined middle school band, McDougall directs the fifth-grade band, the middle school jazz and marching bands, and teaches instrumental music lessons.

McDougall grew up in Hilton, New York, and received her Bachelors in Music Education from SUNY Fredonia, majoring in clarinet performance with a minor in bassoon. She earned her Masters degree in Musical Education from Nazareth College. After long-term substitute teaching in West Irondequoit, Wheatland-Chili became McDougall’s first full-time teaching position and she is happy to stay.

“We get to create music every day,” say McDougall. “We are always learning and improving; there is always something new to add to music and we have a lot of fun in the process.”

Outside of work, McDougall is an accomplished musician who appreciates a wide variety of music. She is principal clarinetist with the Genesee Symphony Orchestra. While she enjoys many instruments, she currently is experimenting with the melodica and her favorite band is 90s Canadian folk-pop group Moxy Fruvous.