Prior to joining the Mississippi Arts Commission, Andrea Coleman served as the Artistic Director and Founder of Cantabile Youth Chorale, a metro-area choir for girls in grades 3 through 12.

Andrea has taught music classes at the elementary, middle, high school and collegiate levels. She is a frequent adjudicator, and along with her husband, has presented at national and state music in-service conferences in Alabama, Colorado, Florida, Kansas, Kentucky, Illinois, Louisiana, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Wisconsin.

She is a past president of the Mississippi Music Educators Association, and in 1999, she received the Outstanding Young Music Educator Award, presented annually by MMEA.

Andrea Coleman received a Bachelor of Music Education degree and a Master of Music Education degree with vocal emphasis from Delta State University. She has also completed Levels I through III of Orff Certification, a Master Class Certificate with Jos Wytock and Level I in Kodaly training.

Program Area Information
The Whole Schools Initiative is Mississippi’s first comprehensive statewide arts education program, which uses the arts as a vehicle for promoting high-quality instruction and learning for students in all disciplines. In 1991, the WSI began as a response to “back to basics” school reform and calls for the integration of the arts into daily classroom instruction and sequential, comprehensive instruction in dance, theatre, visual arts, and music.

Schools participating in the Whole Schools Initiative are supported through service grant funds, professional development and technical assistance. The schools needs to be effectively engaged and exhibit growth to remain in the program. Service grants include professional development and on-site training of teachers through arts integrated curriculum models; grant management and a field advisor.