Winifred Crock Receives NFHS Outstanding Music Educator of Year Award
Each year, the NFHS Music Association gives its Outstanding Music Educator of the Year award to one recipient in each state. This year, we are very proud to recognize Winifred Crock, orchestra director at Parkway Central High School in Chesterfield, Missouri, as the 2013-14 Missouri state award recipient.
Winifred earned a Bachelor of Music Education at Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville in 1982 and a Master of Music Education at Kent State University in 1985. She began her teaching career in 1985-86 at Elyria, Ohio and in 1986 she became the elementary school string teacher with the Parkway School District, in Chesterfield, Missouri. In 1989, Winifred became the high school orchestra director at Parkway Central High School, a position she currently holds. She has also maintained a private violin studio since 1977. Under her direction the Parkway Central orchestra program has experienced tremendous success and growth. The orchestra has performed at the MMEA conference 5 times with the most recent occurring in 2013. The ensemble and student members have received numerous honors and awards as well.
Winifred has contributed in multiple ways to the betterment of high school music programs. She has served on local, state and national committees and continues to work towards the advancement of string education in general. Her high school orchestras are renowned for their excellence in performance and her students for their individual accomplishments as musician in all manner of competition and experience. Her work in the development of music theory and class piano curriculum has helped establish Parkway Central High School as a top tier music program in the Midwest.
Crock's involvement in the Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA) has resulted in the publication of materials for Suzuki in the schools, a series of teaching and training courses through the SAA and the production of materials for teachers available via the web. These contributions have resulted in the publication of over 30 articles with the SAA journal. Several other publications along with a Kodaly inspired literacy series are being prepared for publication and are currently undergoing piloting through a number of schools. Winifred has spoken at every ASTA and SAA conference for over a decade and has been the featured string clinician at TMEA, MMEA and other music conferences in over 20 states, Canada, Lebanon and New Zealand. In 2010, Crock was the conductor of the Suzuki Association of the Americas International Suzuki Youth Orchestra II. She continues to write, publish and share materials to assist others in teaching and learning. She works with and mentors teachers locally, nationally and internationally in facilitating their teaching and learning.