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Elementary music specialist Lorelei Zwiernikowski currently teaches music for Education majors as a Part-time Faculty Lecturer. Prior to joining EMU, Zwiernikowski taught K – 12 music in South Lyon Community Schools. During her 32 years in South Lyon, she served as Recruitment Director for the bands, Sixth Grade Band Director, High School and Jr. High Band Director, Jr. High Choir Director, music instructor at the Martin Luther Home, computer instructor with the South Lyon Alternative Education program, and Elementary Music Specialist. Additionally Professor Zwiernikowski served as Praise and Worship Instructor for Central Bible College in the Detroit and Flint branches.
Arabic music as a second musical language is a passion for Professor Zwiernikowski. Arranging Arabic music for children, conducting presentations and workshops on Arabic music in an Orff context for music educators and performing in Arab ensembles sets her apart in teaching music, enriching lives, modeling tolerance and spreading the joy of learning about cultures. She received her inspiration to study Arabic music from Dr. Abdul Karim Bader.
The support she receives from her professional community is the key to Professor Zwiernikowski’s passion in teaching. She has served as Secretary, President Elect, and President for Southeastern Michigan Kodaly Educators (SEMKE); and Membership Chairman for Detroit Orff-Schulwerk Association (DOSA). Professor Zwiernikowski aspires to publish a book of Arab music with her language instructor, Dr. Najwa Aljawad. Professor Zwiernikowski is an Orff Level II educator and was named the Professional Educator of the Year for the 2009 – 2010 season by Cambridge Who’s Who.