Catherine Bush graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Florida with a BM in instrumental music education with concentrations in flute and classical voice. As an educator, she is passionate about exposing children and young adults to a variety of world music and cultures. During her time at the University of Florida, she volunteered in local schools and libraries, working with students of all ages in the fields of music and ESOL. On campus, she was appointed as a peer leader by the dean of students office and was responsible for teaching and mentoring five cohorts of new students as part of the university’s first-year seminar, “First Year Florida.” She also served as a study abroad peer advisor, aiding fellow students by answering questions about programs and leading presentations on behalf of UF Study Abroad Services at freshman orientations.
Her study abroad experiences include Salzburg, Austria, and Accra, Ghana. While studying in Ghana, she volunteered at an after-school program for at-risk youth, sharing with them US culture through teaching songs by rote. She created a set of digital music resources for the program that include sequenced audio recordings, allowing students to learn additional songs. Her experiences in Ghana informed her honors thesis, in which she calls upon music teachers to approach world music from a “culture-centered” perspective to include geography, religion, celebrations, and language. This year, she looks forward to working with Austrian students!