About Me

Nicole Chopp is an educator with a passion for teaching the whole child by providing her students with high quality and diverse music experiences. She graduated from Northern Illinois University Summa Cum Laude with Full University Honors with a two Bachelor of Music degrees, one with an emphasis in Music Education, and one with an emphasis in Percussion Performance.

As an educator, Nicole has worked with students with ages ranging pre-K through 8th grade. She has taught general music, choir, world drumming and Orff ensemble. Nicole uses both the Kodaly method and Orff process when teaching elementary and middle school students. By combining the best of both pedagogies, Nicole creates an engaging curriculum for her students that leads to music literacy. By continually working to foster positive teacher-student and student-student relationships, she creates an environment that ensures students feel safe to be themselves, to be creative and try new things, and to fail and try again.

Nicole will be presenting with her teacher and mentor, Dr. Mary Lynn Doherty at the National Conference for Music Educators this November in Dallas, Texas and at the Illinois Music Education Conference in January 2019. Their presentation, “Increasing Agency & Inspiring Creativity through Technology”, will include hands-on interactions with both the raspberry pi and makey-makey, as well as discussion about the curriculum Nicole developed at NIU after receiving the Undergraduate Special Opportunities in Artistry and Research (USOAR) Grant in 2017.

She is currently the general music teacher at Chicago International Charter School West Belden in Chicago, IL. There she teaches K-4 general music and middle school electives which have included World Drumming, Orff Ensemble, and Choir. In addition, Nicole has an interest in exploring music technology in education. She will be offering an after school club this fall using Cubit, a growing education tool in the STEAM community, as well as future plans to offer music technology as an elective choice to middle schoolers.