Emily Smith

Emily is a music educator and arts integration specialist. She received her Bachelor of Music Education from Shenandoah Conservatory, where she also studied for a Masters in Choral Conducting. Emily has worked as a Pre-K through 5th-grade general music teacher at the John F. Kennedy Center Changing Education Through the Arts School in Alexandria, VA, where she also served as the arts integration coordinator. During this time, Emily received multiple certificates of study in Arts Integration from the Kennedy Center.

In addition to her public school experience, Emily has worked as a teaching artist and Program Director for the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra’s El Sistema-inspired education program, Sympatico. She continues to work closely with other El Sistema USA programs across the country, collaborating and consulting on music-for-social-change projects. Through this work, she focuses on integrating music composition with current and social events.

As a music educator, Emily has led professional development engagements at numerous universities, as well as the LA Philharmonic’s “Take a Stand” festival and the El Sistema USA National Symposium. She is an enthusiastic collaborator and is just as excited to learn as she is to teach.