Dr. Shank joined the faculty of Lycoming College as adjunct instructor of flute and chamber music in the fall of 2014. She has also been a member of the flute faculty for the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Community Music School, Illinois Summer Youth Music, Illinois Chamber Music Symposium, University of Akron Junior High Summer Band Camp and the Firestone Performing Arts Magnet. She has maintained a private flute studio since 1999 and her students have earned top chairs in district and regional band festivals, received superior ratings at solo and ensemble festivals, and continued their flute studies at the college level.
Committed to education at all levels, Dr. Shank was appointed the Director of the Music Preparatory Program at Susquehanna University in November 2016. She has significant experience in public school education, including teaching elementary general music and arts infusion in the Urbana School District in Urbana, Illinois and choral music at Brashear High School in the Pittsburgh Public Schools. At Brashear, in addition to directing the choirs, she developed and implemented a music appreciation course entitled Understanding Music, which introduced students to a variety of musical genres, and taught class piano. Dr. Shank has also taught music education, music history, and music theory courses at the college level.
Music should be enjoyable, I love making and teaching music and I hope to help foster a life-long love of music in my students. My purpose is to help each student reach their potential and achieve personal goals. In a more concrete sense, in terms of flute instruction, I believe in emphasizing strong fundamentals of playing. It is my opinion, that if one develops a beautiful and flexible sound, proper fundamental posture and breathing, solid technique, and clear articulation, they can execute and express music freely and effectively.