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Q&A with Kathy Bohstedt
By Jordan Wagner
6/6/2011 9:29:00 AM

Kathy Bohstedt is a Music Education Consultant at West Music. She is also the Industry Advisor for OAKE (Organization of American Kodaly Educators). Kathy travels to local workshops and state and national music conventions to exhibit for West Music. Her eighteen years as an elementary music educator and years as a consultant have given her valuable experiences for working with music teachers.

  • What is your background in music, and how do you use that to help our customers?
    After starting as a math major, I graduated from college with a degree in vocal music education. Taking classes was often a part of my summer plans. My “aha” moment came while taking an introduction to Orff Schulwerk class. I went on to take three levels of Orff certification, a level one Kodaly course, learned the joy of folk dancing and enjoyed many other music courses with wonderful teachers. I also learned a lot from sharing stories – good and bad - with other teachers taking the classes.
  • What do you think are the strongest services that you can offer our customers
    My years of teaching experience and training help me relate to customers’ needs and enable me to give advice on classroom instruments to use and print materials that will work for their students.
  • What do you think sets West Music apart from the rest of the pack?
    Our dedication to customer service, knowledgeable staff and wide array of products sets us apart. We truly want the customer to have a good experience. Each member of our staff has a music background either from performing or teaching and all are ready to help customers have a satisfying experience with us. We have a wide variety of products to choose from to find what will work best for each situation and fit a budget.

  • Describe the rapport that you develop with customers.
    At many music conventions, teachers will introduce themselves as someone who has worked with me on the phone or e-mail. It’s such a treat to put a face to a voice or e-mail. There are also teachers who regularly stop, visit and shop at workshops and conventions because we’ve established a relationship. My favorite part of the job is working with teachers, especially at conventions and workshops.

  • What aspects of music education have you most excited right now?
    Right now, I’m enthused about discovering more children’s literature that can be used in the music classroom. There are so many wonderful books out there that can inspire and enhance a musical experience.



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