Degrees and Certifications:
BFA in Piano and Vocal Performance from USD MME in Music Education from UNT
Mrs. Pam Burchill
Mrs. Burchill has been a music teacher and choir director in Aledo ISD since 2002. She loves working with her students in Aledo and enjoys seeing them discover new interests and talents and make new friends and create wonderful memories in their 6th grade year. She thinks 6th grade is one of the most important years in a child's public school experience.
Before being a public school teacher Mrs. Burchill spent a number of years performing professionally as a singer and piano player throughout the DFW area. She still performs from time to time at area venues. She earned a Bachelors degree in Piano and Voice Performance from USD and a Masters Degree in Music Education from the University of North Texas. She did post-graduate studies in music and worship at SWBTS. She has taught music in public schools at the 6-12 levels and she has taught as an adjunct music instructor at several area Junior Colleges prior to beginning her public school career.
Mrs. Burchill is married to Thomas Burchill. Thomas is the Worship and Music Pastor at Trinity Bible Church in Willow Park. He also is the Jazz Guitar Teacher at Texas Christian University. She has one son, Jordan, who is a professional musician in Austin, Texas. Jordan is a professional songwriter as well and has an original song that is featured in the new movie release, Spike Lee's BLACKkKLANSMAN. The Burchill family loves music and Mrs. Burchill loves her family. (She might tell a few family stories or brag about them occassionally.) So be prepared for that!
In her spare time she helps her husband with the music ministry at their church and she writes a blog entitled, "Still Learning, Still Growing, Still Searching, Still Knowing". The blog tells some of the stories of Mrs. Burchill's adventures in teaching, motherhood, life and her latest journey...fighting and surviving cancer. Mrs. Burchill loves to read and especially likes motivational and inspirational books. She likes to keep it positive!
Mrs. Burchill teaches general music classes at McAnally as part of the MACS rotation. In 6th grade the general music classes learn basic music theory and experience making music via an African drum circle, experience using Garage Band in a music technology unit, compose lyrics to a song in a songwriting unit, write a Rondo/rap using percussion instruments in their music literacy unit and begin to learn to play piano in the piano lab that was provided via a generous grant from the Aledo ISD Foundation. Students also participate in a unit on American Music History. This unit is a cross-curricular unit which teaches students that music tells the story of our lives.
Mrs. Burchill directs the choir at McAnally. This year the McAnally choir will meet once a week during FIRESIDE Fridays. Please attend the first FIRESIDE Friday in Mrs. Burchill's room if you are interested in being in choir this year. Choir students are going to perform a Musical in December. This year they will be presenting ELF Jr. Announcements about auditions for the production will be coming shortly! They will host and perform at the McAnally All School Talent Show in March. In May they will perform a spring concert featuring traditional choir literature and a staged choral review. The choir usually attends a choral competition in the spring.
Mrs. Burchill's conference period is from 2:55-4:00pm.
She looks forward to a new year of learning and music making.