Educator Highlight: Betsy Hamill — Flagstaff Arts and Leadership Academy (FALA)

| March 15, 2017

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By the Flagstaff Arts Council

2017 Viola Award Nominee for Excellence in Arts Education.

Betsy Hamill. Photo courtesy of the Flagstaff Arts Council.

Betsy Hamill is a dynamic teacher of African dance and world music here in Flagstaff, Arizona. Hamill’s background includes extensive musical training from Carnegie Mellon University, where her focus was on the French Horn, and the California institute of the Arts where she received a BFA in World Music with a focus on Ewe Drumming and Dance from Ghana. …

For the past 6 years Betsy Hamill has served as Co-Director at the Center for Indigenous Music along with her husband Chad.  She also teaches multiple music and dance classes at the Flagstaff Arts and Leadership Academy (FALA). She has established the FALA World Music Ensemble, the FALA Action Band (FAB) and a retro jazzy fun music group called Falunk. Her classes at FALA are so popular that there are waiting lists for students to get in.

Read the full article HERE

Click here for the complete listing of nominees and award winners presented by the Flagstaff Arts Council during its annual Viola Awards Gala on March 4.

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