Matthew Stensrud is currently in his seventh year teaching kindergarten through fifth grade general music at Annandale Terrace Elementary School in Fairfax County, Virginia. He received his Master of Music Education from George Mason University and Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He completed his Orff Schulwerk certification at the San Francisco International Orff Course in 2013 and is an Orff Schulwerk approved Teacher Educator of Movement. Matthew frequently writes about and presents workshops on the unique combination of Responsive Classroom and Orff-Schulwerk in the elementary music classroom, served on the Board of the Middle Atlantic Chapter of the American Orff Schulwerk Association and was a key content contributor to the book Responsive Classroom for Music, Art, PE and Other Special Areas. He was on the Communications Team of The Education Trust, a nonprofit education advocacy group during the summer of 2016, is an Influence Leader for the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, and is on the Advocacy Leadership Force of the National Association for Music Education. He also serves as Chair of the Alexandria Commission for the Arts and is actively involved in local arts and education policy. He lives in the neighborhood of Del Ray, Alexandria with his husband, Michael.