Patricia (Patty) Bourne is a veteran music educator, having taught all grades, P-graduate level, in four states. Currently, Bourne is Coordinator of Music Education at Western Washington University, in Bellingham, WA. In addition to her university responsibilities, Bourne teaches children in local schools, normally volunteering with a 10-12 week residence. Patty maintains an active schedule as workshop clinician, presenting to pre-service, novice, and experienced music educators on a variety of topics. She is guest conductor at regional and all-state choruses in multiple states as well as adjudicator for secondary vocal solo and ensembles throughout the Northwest region.
A native of Kentucky, Bourne received degrees from Murray State University (Murray, KY), the University of Oklahoma (Norman, OK), and Arizona State University. Patty is Associate Director and on the teaching faculty for World Music Drumming and is the author of two texts: “Inside the Music Classroom: Teaching the Art with Heart” and “Inside the Elementary Chorus: Instructional Techniques for the Non-Select Children’s Chorus”. She was recently selected as the Washington Music Educator of the Year and is an inductee of the Washington Music Educators Hall of Fame. Patty was awarded the Distinguished Service Award for the Northwest Music Educators Association.