Matthew Stensrud is an award-winning Elementary Music and Movement Teacher and currently in his first year teaching kindergarten through fifth grade general music at George Mason Elementary School in Alexandria, Virginia after seven years 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, is an Orff Schulwerk approved Teacher Educator of Movement, and teaches Movement at the Winthrop Orff Course in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Matthew recently began a four-year term on the Orff Echo Editorial Board. Matthew frequently writes about and presents workshops on Responsive Classroom, Jazz, and Effortless Movement in the classroom. He was recognized as Teacher of the Year at Annandale Terrace Elementary School in 2017 and was the Spotlight Award recipient from the American Center for Elemental Music and Movement in Summer 2017. Previously, he 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, was recognized as a 40 Under 40 recipient from the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce for 2017, and is actively involved in local arts and education policy. He lives in the neighborhood of Del Ray, Alexandria with his husband, Michael.

Learn more about Matthew on LinkedIn.


At Annandale Terrace ES, Matthew created and directs a 20-member Orff Ensemble, a specialty group that performed challenging xylophone and unpitched percussion repertoire. Pictured here performing for the February 2016 Winter Concert!

Visit Matthew’s musical YouTube page to see him and his students in action:¬†https://www.youtube.com/user/maths887

Contact Matthew at 513-703-8012 or mstensrud@gmail.com.

Matthew was invited to the White House Rose Garden following his tweet about public school education and the importance of music!

Matthew was invited to the White House Rose Garden to meet President Barack Obama following his tweet about public school education and the importance of music!

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