Angela Mitsuma

Performer & Music Educator

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About Me

I have graduated with a B.A. in Music Education with an English minor from Providence College, where I studied voice and classical guitar. There, I earned the Highest in Major Award for earning the highest GPA in the major of Music Education and the Reverend Leo S. Cannon Award for excellent musicianship. I have over 15 years of experience on classical guitar coupled with a focus in choral music that is fueled by my experiences with the RI Children's Chorus, Providence Singers, and PC Chorus.

I grew up on my grandparents' berry farm in Little Compton, RI. When I'm not making music, I like to spend my free time reading anything from high fantasy novels to Cormac McCarthy, embroidering, and perfecting my cooking skills. I am also passionate about science and enjoy learning about the latest developments in neuromusical research.




Training Chorus Conductor (2023–Present)

    • Rhode Island Children's Chorus
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Bachelor's in Music Education, English Minor

    • Providence College, 2023, Summa cum laude
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Church Cantor (2022–Present)

    • St. Francis of Assisi & St. Dominic parishes
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Summer English Studies

    • Cambridge University, 2022
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Teaching Assistant & House Counselor (Summer 2023)

    • Phillips Academy Andover
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High School Diploma

    • Barrington Christian Academy, 2019
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Music Theory Tutor (2019–2023)

    • Providence College
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Honors and Awards

Phi Beta Kappa - I was one of five juniors invited to join Providence College’s first chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the oldest academic honors society in America.

Highest in Major Award - I received this award for earning the highest GPA in the major of Music Education.

Reverend Leo S. Cannon, O.P. Award - The Providence College Music Department issued me this award for excellent musicianship.

Performance Highlights

With over 15 years of experience on classical guitar and extensive vocal studies, I am passionate about delivering high-quality and moving performances. I currently cantor at St. Francis of Assisi and St. Dominic and have considerable experience singing in choirs and performing on classical guitar.

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Senior Recital, 2023: Voice

Senior Recital, 2023: Guitar

Commencement, 2023

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Commencement Mass, 2023

Spring concert, 2023

Phi Beta Kappa induction, 2023

Academic Awards Ceremony, 2023

Choir concert, 2021

Children's opera, 2022

Philosophy of Education

As a music educator, I am passionate about enabling children to become their best selves through providing high-quality ​instruction that promotes music literacy and aural skills. I base my teaching style on two foundational beliefs:

  1. All students have unlimited potential.
  2. Students do well when they can.

Due to these beliefs, I recognize that I must enable my students to meet my high standards. Since students spend less time in ​music than in other classes, I set up my students for success through establishing classroom rules and procedures from day one. ​Establishing these expectations early enables me to streamline my instruction, use class time efficiently, and teach with a sense ​of urgency that keeps students engaged. I further promote student engagement through having a student-centered classroom ​and using questions that promote higher-order thinking. These questions culminate in formative and summative assessments ​that I use to inform my instruction. Moreover, I use effective teaching strategies to equip students with the skills they need to be ​independent musicians.

My mission is to enable children to engage the music inside them and fulfill their unlimited potential. Additionally, I strive to ​produce students who know how to practice effectively, perform with others, and perform alone. To accomplish this goal, I teach ​sequentially and carefully consider how to distill even the most complex musical concepts into logical lessons that children can ​easily learn. My sequencing is rooted in Kodály and Orff’s methods, which use singing and ostinatos to teach concepts. Further, it ​is my belief that if students are to enjoy learning, they must feel that what they are learning is meaningful and relevant to their ​lives. Thus, I create lessons that are relatable to my students’ lives and experiences as well as use my background in English and ​biology to make interdisciplinary connections. This fosters a positive attitude towards learning that intrinsically motivates ​students to learn and encourages them to be life-long learners.

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Sample Unit

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Contact Information

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