Chapa, Julissa

[email protected]
(713) 906-4395
OAKE Affiliated Chapter

Educational Background

Bachelor of Music, University of Houston, TX 2003
Master of Music in Music Education (Kodály Emphasis), University of Houston, TX, 2015
Currently a student at the University of Houston in the Doctor of Musical Arts in Music Education

Kodály Studies

Kodály Certification, All-levels, Houston Kodály Institute, August 2015

Teaching Experience

Adjunct Instructor, Moores School of Music, University of Houston (2016-2020)
Music Specialist, PK-4th grade, Garfield Elementary School, Pasadena ISD (2012-Present)
Music Specialist, PK-5th grade, J. D. Parks Elementary School, Pasadena ISD (2003-2012)

Presentation Experiences

TMEA Convention - "Strategies for ELs in the Music Classroom," 2021 "Mapping Pathways to Student Success," 2019
CEDFA Summit - "Designing a Student-Centered Fine Arts Classroom," 2018

"Beyond the Simple Circle: An Assortment of Singing Games for Older Kids," Pasadena ISD, TX, 2019
"A Little Bit of This and That: Strategies for Success in the Elementary Classroom," Cy-Fair ISD, TX, 2018
"Making Music Child's Play: Building Musicianship in Students" Sheldon ISD, TX, 2017

Areas of Expertise

Strategies for Spanish-speaking ELs
Student-Centered Learning
Curriculum and Lesson Planning

Session Topics

Strategies for ELs- can be adapted to be 1-6 hrs.
Choosing repertoire for Spanish-speaking ELs- 3 hrs.
Student-Centered Activities in the Music Classroom- 3 hrs.
Project-Based Learning- 3 hrs.
Concept Development and Yearly Planning- 6 hrs.

Intercultural Knowledge and Competence

I have 18 years of experience teaching in Title 1 schools with large ESL student populations. My graduate work has been focused on music accessibility for under-served student populations and ESL students in the music classroom. I am a member of the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access committee for our state music teacher association and have been a panelist for discussions on race and music access in communities of lower SES.

Organizational Leadership

Pasadena ISD District:
District Mentor Teacher
District PLC Music Leader


Contributor for Engaging Children with Music: A Handbook for Elementary Teachers, by Bigwood, Langley, and McGregor, August 2018.