The 2014-2015 school year marks Julie Brown's eleventh year as Director of Bands at Madison Middle School. She is also teaching 6th grade beginning band students at Johnston, Horizons, and McKinley Elementary Schools.
Mrs. Brown earned her masters in music education degree from Northwestern University and also graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire with bachelor degrees in music education and music composition. She was awarded a Kohl Educational Fellowship in 2008 and was also published in May 2008 edition of the Music Educators' Journal, the national publication for National Association for Music Education (NAfME). She is a member of the Wisconsin Student-Centered Learning Action Research Group and has presented at a variety of state and national conventions and conferences on the subject of student-centered learning. Mrs. Brown was appointed as the Government Relations Chair on the state Wisconsin Music Educators Association (WMEA) Council and regularly contributes to that organization's publication, Wisconsin School Musician. She is also the Co-chair of the Wisconsin Advocates for Music Education (WAME) Committee. Most recently, Mrs. Brown was published as a composer through Alliance Publications. Her original work for concert band, "Always Gold" is available via the Alliance Publications website, as well as a wide variety of other online sources!
Prior to Madison Middle School, Mrs. Brown was in two smaller districts where she taught band to students in grades 5-12. In her free time, she enjoys reading, watching movies, exercising, and writing and arranging music. Mrs. Brown lives in Appleton with her husband, Adam, her five-year-old son, Sebastian, and their two cats.