Joshua Dixon Elementary
General Music Classes

with Mrs. Cowan


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Mrs. Cowan has been teaching at Columbiana Exempted Village Schools since 1996. She started as the elementary music specialist at Dixon Elementary and, in 2006, also became the director of the fifth through eighth grade choirs. She starts her mornings at the elementary building, then travels to the middle school for the remainder of the day.

Mrs. Cowan graduated from United High School, where she was field commander of the marching band and choir president her senior year.  She began playing trombone in 5th grade and was a member of the concert and marching bands for all four years of high school. She was also a four-year member of the high school choir and a two-year member of the show choir, Syncopation.  Mrs. Cowan knew in high school that she wanted to teach music!

After high school, Mrs. Cowan attended Grove City College and graduated with a Bachelor of Music Education degree. While at GCC, she played trombone with the marching band, cello with the orchestra, and was a member of the college Chapel Choir and Touring Choir.  Her junior and senior year, Mrs. Cowan directed an independent women's choir that earned first place both years at the All-College Sing. She was also very involved with theater productions throughout her four years, even directing a one-act play for the college One-Act Festival and directing a Children's Theater production her senior year.

In December of 2004, she earned her Master of Music in Music Education degree from Duquesne University.

In addition to her teaching responsibilities at Columbiana, Mrs. Cowan directed the handbell choir at First Christian Church in Salem for eleven years. Currently, she is directing the handchime choir at First Christian Church in Columbiana.

Mrs. Cowan is married to a wonderful man named Paul and has one stepson, Tyler. Her hobbies include reading, cross-stitching and scrapbooking. She enjoys walking, playing on her Wii and riding bikes with her family on the Greenway Trail.

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