Ouellette, Fran

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Fran Ouellette, has taught within the Sing Play Learn with MacPhail® department since 1976, and has developed and taught Sing Play Learn with MacPhail’s® Creative Movement programs since 1977.  Fran, who wrote the curriculum for both courses, currently teaches Musical Movers and Pop! Sizzle! Bang! a MacPhail summer camp. She is a trained creative movement specialist and dancer, and was a full-time preschool teacher.  Since then, she has written curriculum for and taught creative movement in preschools.

Fran has linked together her training as a preschool classroom teacher, dancer, choreographer and curriculum writer with her interest in creative and improvisation to help children feel music through their bodies.  Sound, rhythm and music are a part of every person, Fran says. MacPhail’s program guides the process of awareness that leads to enjoyment and skill development in music as well as social, emotional, cognitive, language and physical development.  MacPhail’s SPL programs have been developed over decades by highly experienced faculty. “Children’s music experience at MacPhail will become a treasured memory.”

She has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Minnesota, as well as over 40 years of dance training, including modern dance, composition, improvisation and ballet. Fran spent seven years as a professional dance performer and choreographer.  Her dance teaching experience includes over 20 years in the St. Paul Public Elementary Schools and several Twin Cities preschools.