After 46 years in Music Education, Ms. Manning retired from the Clark County School District in 2018. She received her Master’s Degree from Utah State University in Music Education and Social Psychology. Her teaching experience involved twenty years in the Utah Public School System, including Sky View and Mountain Crest High Schools, and twenty six years in the Clark County School District.
While teaching at Robison Middle School, an inner city at risk school in Las Vegas, Ms. Manning was asked to join the Secondary Fine Arts Department for the Clark County School District as the Project Facilitator. This position involved coordinating events and working with all the music teachers in the fifty-eight Middle Schools and forty High Schools with Secondary Music Programs. Ms. Manning really enjoyed working with over four hundred Music Teachers, visiting all their classrooms, and assisting administrators in support of the Arts. In addition, Ms. Manning taught the Music Education Woodwind Methods Class at UNLV, and was also asked to start and conduct the Youth Symphonic Band for the Las Vegas Youth Orchestra Organization.
During her career, Ms. Manning’s Concert, Marching, and Jazz Bands have received superior ratings and championship awards at District, State, Regional, National, and International Competitions. Ms. Manning was chosen as the first high school director to conduct the Utah High School All-State Band, and also served on the Educational Advisory Board for Bands of America. Ms. Manning has presented workshops and in-services for music teachers, and has written instructional “how to” articles for classroom success. She has also conducted Honor Bands in the Western United States, and has been an adjudicator for Concert and Marching Band Competitions throughout the country.
Ms. Manning has received many personal awards and accolades, both locally and nationally, including the John Philip Sousa “Sudler Shield”, Nevada’s Service to Music Education, the NMEA Lifetime Achievement Award, the Utah Music Educators’ Hall of Fame, and Teacher of the Year Awards. However, her biggest reward has been working with young people to achieve those positive “life changing” moments through music education!