Karen Medley is an elementary music specialist in the Pentucket Regional School District in northeastern Massachusetts. Formerly a teacher in the Clark County Schools (Las Vegas, NV) and a teacher in the Memphis City Schools (TN) for over 20 years, she received her BME from the Eastman School of Music (University of Rochester). She also studied at the University of Memphis, where she earned a Master of Music with a Concentration in Orff Studies and completed her Orff Teacher Training Level I-III and Master Class.
Presenter at eleven AOSA National Conferences, Karen has taught many workshops, in-services and teacher training courses across the United States, including workshops in Oahu and Maui. Currently, Karen teaches in summer teacher-training programs through the University of Alaska (Anchorage), UNLV (Las Vegas, NV), and the Eastman School of Music. Karen has taught many courses and workshops introducing classroom and preschool teachers to Orff-Schulwerk. In 1983 and again in 1995 she was a guest lecturer in New Zealand, presenting courses and workshops through the Teacher’s College of Auckland University and throughout the country.
Karen has directed several children’s choruses whose performances include singing Mahler’s Eighth Symphony, opening the National Blues Awards, performing at the 1989 AOSA National Conference in Atlanta, and singing Carmina Burana and The Nutcracker with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra. A recipient of the Rotary Award for Teacher Excellence in Memphis City Schools (1984) and a contributing writer for Music and You (Macmillan/McGraw-Hill), Karen’s arrangements have been featured in The World Sings: International Folk Songs (Memphis Musicraft Pub.) and Las Vegas Writes III.
Karen served on the AOSA National Board of Trustees from 1987-2001 as Regional Representative for two terms and also as National Conference Chairperson for the 1994, 1996, and 2000 AOSA National Conference. Karen recently served on the AOSA National Board of Trustees and was the National Conference Chairperson for the 2007 AOSA Conference in San Jose, CA.