Mrs. Kayla Kurtz is a proud 2014 graduate of Duquesne University, where she received her Bachelor of Science in Music Education. In 2019, she earned her Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Modern Band, and in 2023, earned her Master of Music Education degree, both from Lebanon Valley College. Kayla is currently a middle school music teacher in the West Shore School District, located near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. She teaches 6th, 7th, and 8th grade general music, utilizing a curriculum centered around Popular Music Pedagogy. In addition to general music, Kayla is a director in the 6th–8th Grade choral program. 

Kayla is a current member of the National Association for Music Education and the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association. She has had the privilege of presenting at Duquesne University and the PMEA Annual In-Service Conference. She is passionate about continuing her education, focusing on implementing Popular Music Pedagogy techniques and curriculum in the general music classroom.

In her free time, Kayla enjoys spending time with her husband, also a 2014 Duquesne Music Education graduate, and daughter.


  • B.S., Music Education, Duquesne University
  • Post-baccalaureate Certificate in Modern Band, Lebanon Valley College

Areas of Expertise

  • Middle School General Music Pedagogy
  • Instrumental Education (focus on grades 5-8)
  • Popular Music Pedagogy
  • Curriculum Design

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