Jill Pongracz Murrell
Lecturer in Music Education
M.A., Marygrove College
B.A., Miami University
Jill is a retired music educator and began her teaching career as a general music teacher in the Keystone Local School District for ten years. She then taught twenty years in the Lorain City Schools grades kindergarten through high school in eight different buildings. During those twenty years, she had the opportunity to teach elementary general music, high school vocal music and served as the District Vocal Music Coordinator, organizing district-wide choral festivals and professional development for the vocal and general music staff. She closed out her career in Lorain as a Magnet Site Coordinator overseeing and implementing interdisciplinary lessons with the tested content areas at the middle school level. She also served as a mentor for the Cleveland Opera Music! Words! Opera! and helped class room teachers and their students compose their own original operas as part of their language arts curriculum.
Jill received her Bachelor of Music from Miami University and her Master’s in the Art of Teaching from Marygrove College. She has done additional studies at Ashland University, Cleveland State University, and Kent State University.
Jill has been very active in the Ohio Music Education Association for the past thirteen years serving as the general music representative, member of the Curriculum and Assessment Committee which provides the professional development component of the yearly conference, President of District 4, and currently as the State General Music Chair. During this time, she has had articles published in the TRIAD and has participated as a Clinician, Presider, and Performer at the annual conference.
Jill continues to enjoy making music by playing flute in the Patriots’ Symphonic Band under the direction of Harry Pfingsten and directing her church choir.