Music Program Director

Jennifer Hed

Jennifer brings diverse experience and a love of both teaching and music making to her roles at Hilltop. She holds M.A.’s in Latin American Studies and Education, and she completed her Montessori AMI elementary training at the Washington Montessori Institute prior to moving from the DC area with her family almost 25 years ago.

Jen taught music in both public and private school settings before joining Hilltop in 2013 as an Upper Elementary teacher. She has enjoyed multiple approaches to music education, and this summer completed Level I training in Orff Schulwerk — a student-centered process of music teaching that closely parallels the main tenants of Montessori philosophy and pedagogy. Jen especially enjoys the multiple age groups she works with in her role as music director.

From Andean Music ensemble at UT in Austin, to accompanying New England folk dances on accordion, Jen has loved learning new instruments. A good day includes practicing viola, an outdoor house project, then relaxing with a book and some good food!