Sandra Barba - Lovejoy Elementary Music Specialist
This is my 1st year teaching, and I am so happy to be a part of the Specials Team at Lovejoy Elementary. I feel so fortunate to be at Lovejoy ISD, where Fine Arts are a priority because my goal is to help students develop a lifelong passion for music.
I grew up in Guadalajara, Jalisco (Mexico) and lived in the Texas Rio Grande Valley for 11 years where I earned a Bachelor of Music in Music Education (vocal/choral) at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) before coming to the DFW area.
Prior to teaching at Lovejoy Elementary, I completed my clinical teaching with the choir and elementary music programs at J. Economedes High School and A. Ramirez Elementary in Edinburg, TX. After graduating, I worked as a pre-school music teacher at Preston Park Montessori Academy in Plano, TX.
Other past musical and leadership experiences of mine include:
- Formerly serving as section leader in the UTRGV choir and performing throughout the state of Texas
- Performing major works with the Valley Symphony Orchestra and Chorale
- Starring in several university opera productions including Bizet’s Carmen and Verdi’s La Traviata
- Being a vocal coach and music director for a musical theater production as part of my undergraduate creative works project with the Engaged Scholarship
Outside of my academic performances, I am a part of a non-profit vocal ensemble called Dolce Armonia. We raise funds for local charities throughout the Rio Grande Valley through benefit concerts.