Tammy Spratley is an experienced elementary music teacher who is currently teaching at Maple Grove Elementary in the Warrensburg R-6 School District. In order to create a joyful atmosphere of learning, Mrs. Spratley combines elements of Orff, Dalcroze, and Kodaly. In her classroom, you will find students singing, playing instruments, moving, practicing skills through games, improvising, and creating. She explains her job this way, “Elementary music educators have to be well-organized, patient, creative, and willing to put on a one-person show all day every day. It takes passion and energy, but the benefits are enormous! Additionally, programs of upper level instrumental and vocal music would not exist without great people willing to build not only a foundation of knowledge, but a love of our subject in students.”
Mrs. Spratley served as Director of the West Central Missouri 5th Grade Honor Choir in 2020. She served as the woodwind clinician for the Tiger Pride Marching Band at Smith-Cotton HIgh School in the 2016, 2018, and 2019 seasons, and has served as principal oboe for the Warrensburg Community Band, the Marshall Philharmonic, and Sedalia Symphony Orchestras over the years. Before coming to Warrensburg, she taught K-4 music at Horace Mann Elementary in Sedalia, K-5 elementary music at Eureka Elementary in the Rockwood District, and K-8 vocal and instrumental music at Glenwood R-8 in West Plains, MO, where she was also the director of the West Plains Youth Symphony.
Mrs. Spratley received the Distinguished Scholar Award and earned her Bachelor of Music Education degree in K-12 Vocal and Instrumental Music at UCM in 1993. She completed a Master of Music degree in oboe from Michigan State University in 1995, studying with Daniel J. Stolper. In 2019, she completed her certification in Orff Schulwerk at the University of Missouri, St. Louis, where she studied with Roger Sams, Brian Burnett, Donna Massello-Chiacos, Kate Webster, and Julie Blakeslee. She is a member of the St. Louis AOSA (American Orff-Schulwerk Association) chapter and the national AOSA. Mrs. Spratley currently resides in Sedalia with her husband Doug, and her sons Jared, and Morgan.