Mary Alonso earned her Bachelor of Music in Flute Performance from California State University, Long Beach where she studied with John Barcelona. After graduating, Mary earned a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential and taught in Downey Unified School District for over 27 years. It was during this time that Mary saw the strong connection between music and language development and become a Language Development and an Orff Schulwerk (Levels I-III) Specialist. Additionally, Mary served as an Arts Integration and STEAM Specialist and shared her passion for the arts with educators all over the state through presentations at the CA STEAM Symposium, CA Science Teachers Conference, and Project Lead the Way State/National conferences.
Mary continues to support arts education by serving as a member of the California Deptartment of Education’s Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) Curriculum Framework and Evaluation Criteria Committee for the new CA State VAPA Standards and provides coaching for arts integration and STEAM programs. She performs as a freelance artist throughout the south land.