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Panel Discussion: The Student Experience in K-12 Music Education

March 25, 2021 @ 7:30 pm CDT

Presented in partnership with United Way Quad Cities’ African American Leadership Society, this digital panel will delve into the experience of students of color in public K-12 music education and the importance of equitable public music education access for all students and why such equitable access supports broad positive community outcomes.

Hosted by QCSO Assistant Conductor and Quad City Symphony Youth Ensembles Music Director Ernesto Estigarribia, panel members include Kimberly Gardner, Music Teacher at Frances Willard Elementary School in the Rock Island – Milan School District, Calesia House, Director of Instrumental Music at Wilson Middle School in the Moline – Coal Valley School District, and Wesley Julien, Quad Cities musician, drummer, and producer.



Held via zoom, the discussion is free to attend but registration required. Space is limited, but a recording of the panel will be made available on-demand after the event.



Households are only required to register for one Zoom Access ticket. Participants should be familiar and feel comfortable using the Zoom meeting platform.

The Zoom Meeting Invitation for this event will be sent via email at least 24 hours before the scheduled start time.

Kimberly GardnerCalesia HouseFEATURING
Host, Ernesto Estigarribia, QCSO Assistant Conductor & QCSYE Music Director
Kimberly Gardner, Music Teacher at Frances Willard Elementary School
Calesia House, Director of Instrumental Music at Wilson Middle School
Wesley Julien
, Quad Cities musician, drummer, and producer


Kimberly Gardner is the music teacher at Frances Willard Elementary School. She holds her B.A. in Music Education from Colorado State University-Pueblo and M.A. in Music Education from the University of Iowa. With a decade of teaching experience in the public schools, Kimberly has a diverse teaching background as a general music teacher in Iowa and Illinois, band director at Williams Intermediate School, and associate director of bands at Davenport Central High School. She has served on the Equity Committee in the Davenport Community School District and the Rock Island-Milan School District as well as leads the Culture and Climate Committee in her elementary school. Kimberly has presented locally and at national conferences about culturally relevant pedagogy (CRP) in music education. CRP continues to be an area of interest for her along with equitable practices and minority representation in music education.

Calesia House is currently the Band & Orchestra Director at Wilson Middle School in Moline, IL, and is in her eleventh year of teaching. Mrs. House received her Bachelor of Music Education Degree at Western Illinois University and is currently pursuing her Master’s in Music Education. Calesia’s bands have received Superior Ratings at all District Contests and Festivals. Mrs. House is active locally as a clinician, guest conductor, and adjudicator in Illinois and Iowa Schools. She has worked with symphonic bands, concert bands, marching bands, orchestras, and small ensembles at the junior high and high school levels. Aside from being an instrumental director, Mrs. House enjoys being a new mom and chasing her 2-year-old son around the house! She enjoys playing her euphonium and teaching her private lesson studio of trombone, euphonium, and tuba students.

Wesley Julien is a musician, songwriter, and producer from Rock Island, IL. After graduating from Rock Island, High School, he furthered his education at the Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences, Blackhawk College, and Western Illinois University in Macomb, IL. He has worked and continues working with a variety of artists in different genres. Some of these artists include Tim Stop, Tamarie T & The Elektra Kumpany, Joe Marcinek, Torrian Ball, Xavy Rusan, AMI, Alysha Monique, Pipi Ardenia, NaPalm, E$ Ave, and many more.


March 25, 2021
7:30 pm
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