Dora Ann Purdy, recently retired Music Editor of Growing in Grace Children Music Curriculum, has worked with children and children’s music for 35 plus years as a music teacher, children’s choir director, and music/recording editor at LifeWay Christian Resources. She holds an undergraduate degree in Music Education from Ouachita Baptist University, Arkadelphia, AR and a Master’s degree in Music Education from the University of North Texas, Denton, TX.
Dora Ann previously served as Director of Music at St. Paul Christian Academy in Nashville, TN where she taught general music to 3rd through 6th graders and directed two auditioned choirs. The St. Paul Singers, under her direction, were selected to participate with other choirs from the southeast at the world premiere of Heartsongs at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
Dora Ann was chosen to direct a select children’s choir that sang in Joy~An Irish Christmas featuring Keith and Kristyn Getty at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville in 2011, 2012 and again in 2014 . She currently directs a children’s choir at Forest Hills Baptist Church in Nashville, TN where she also serves as church pianist.
In addition to her expertise in children’s music editing and recording, Dora Ann has led children’s choir conferences and served as guest conductor of state children’s choir festivals and camps through the southeast.
Dora Ann resides in Nashville, TN with her husband Don and enjoys spending time with her grandchildren and reading.
Sing a New Song! Come sing some new songs and learn how to help your preschoolers find their singing voices. We will take a look at the steps to follow in the development of the singing voice for young children. Share the Good News, A Christmas Musical for Young Voices, will be introduced.
Find the Steady Beat The development of steady beat is the most fundamental of all the music concepts and is important in all learning experiences. This session will focus on a variety of ways to help children internalize and perform the steady beat.
Rhythm and Movement and Reading, Oh My! Movement is basic in every child. In this session we will explore ways to lead young children in purposeful movement by playing instruments, moving in a variety of ways, and “reading” the music.