B.M.Ed., Lowell State College
M.Ed., Arts in education, University of Lowell
Mary Correia has supervised student teachers of music in the Gordon College Department of Music since 2009. In addition to her distinguished service in various public school systems since 1974, she has served as the laboratory school supervisor for the University of Lowell methods course; an adjunct faculty member at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, where she taught music methods and served as cooperating supervisor for over one hundred student teachers; director of the Children’s Musical Theatre Arts Program for the Westford Suzuki School of Music, where she developed a movement and dance program for children with special needs as well as a ballroom dancing program for elementary school students; Exhibit Chair for the Massachusetts Music Educators Association (MMEA) Annual Conference; and cofounded Embracing The New Music Educator, a free mentoring program for new music educators and professionals re-entering the field.
She began her teaching career at the Dutile Elementary School in Billerica, Massachusetts, and served from 1981 to 1985 in the Reading (Massachusetts) Public Schools before returning to Billerica in 1985. In Reading, Ms. Correia taught elementary and middle school general classroom and chorus, music for the special education program, directed a high school girls special vocal ensemble and served as assistant vocal conductor for the production of Benjamin Britten’s Noye’s Fludde.
Ms. Correia is the recipient of various honors and awards. She was chosen as one of the first district mentors for the Billerica Public Schools and was elected to serve on the district board. She is published in Massachusetts Music News, and her biography is included in Who’s Who of American Women. In 2010, she received the Excellence in General Music Award from MMEA.
Outside of her teaching career, Ms. Correia volunteers with Project Bread, Hospice and Habitat for Humanity. She performs with the Greater Lowell Music Theatre, and is a freelance soloist and clinician. She has served as secretary for the Burlington Cultural Council, and was the music director for St. Malachy Church in Burlington, Massachusetts, where resides with her husband Stephen. They have two grown children and two grandsons.