Logan Jones is a music educator with a passion for fostering creativity and community amongst students. A Holland, Michigan native, she holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education with honors from Michigan State University. Logan is currently a Choir Director at the Taft High School Varsity Campus within Chicago Public Schools. Here, she instructs the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program Beginning Choirs and a section of Beginning Piano while also serving as the Music Director for the Taft Freshman Academy Musical. Working with beginners is a unique joy, as it provides the opportunity to teach fundamental musical technique, while also introducing students to the fun and fulfilling nature of the performing arts. Logan has previously worked within Chicago Public Schools at Harlan Community Academy High School, teaching Secondary General Music and extracurricular choir.
During her time in Chicago Public Schools, Logan has actively sought opportunities to become involved in her school community. At Taft she serves on the Consortium of Anti-Racist Educators and Students Professional Development Task Force. Previously, she has served on the Instructional Leadership Team and Multi-Tiered Systems of Supports & Social Emotional Learning Committee while at Harlan Community Academy. Through these committees, she works towards building an equitable and positive school environment for all students.
Continuing her passion for helping students grow their personal musicianship outside of a curricular setting, Logan had the wonderful opportunity to serve as a music director with Class Act Productions in The Woodlands, Texas. Here, she worked on the regional community theater’s production of Bright Star teaching ensemble music, providing vocal coaching, and overseeing the instrumental tracks during the performances. Logan has previous non-curricular experience from her time teaching private vocal and piano lessons at Avalon School of the Arts in Holland, Michigan.
Before moving to Chicago, Logan served as a Long-Term Substitute Music Teacher at Black River Public School. During her time there, she developed ensemble vocal technique, music theory, and sight reading skills with the high school and middle school choirs. Teaching at Black River allowed Logan to learn about the Montessori teaching style while working with kindergarteners through third graders. Performance etiquette, composition, and independent musicianship were the curricular goals for the younger age groups during her tenure.
Logan credits her current and future successes to the outstanding education she received during her student teaching internship and opportunities throughout her undergraduate career. Student teaching in Grand Haven Public Schools instilled the importance of building a culture of respect, accountability, and liveliness at all performance levels. Learning to collaborate with colleagues and manage time effectively are skills that Logan particularly honed during her undergraduate years through experiences such as running the award-winning MSU American Choral Director’s Association Student Chapter and directing the Burcham Sings Outreach Program, a retirement-aged outreach community choir. Logan studied conducting with Dr. Sandra Snow and Dr. Jonathan Reed and private voice with Peter Lightfoot and Dr. Anne Nispel.
In addition to music, Logan loves to cook and read.