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Dr. Wendy Barden

Dr. Wendy Barden

Education Specialist in Music, Outreach  |  763-279-4285

Barden is retired from ISD 279 – Osseo Area Schools after serving 21 years as K-12 Music Coordinator in the district. She began her career teaching instrumental and general music at the junior high level, and has also taught other music classes at the elementary and high school levels. For the last five years, Wendy has been teaching the International Baccalaureate music class at Osseo’s Park Center High School. She has been honored as a Yamaha National Mentor Teacher, the 1992 Minnesota Music Educators Association (MMEA) Band Educator of the Year, and 2013 Yale Distinguished Music Educator. In 2014, she was inducted into the MMEA Hall of Fame.

In retirement, Wendy formed Segue Consulting Partners LLC, and has been working with music departments across the Midwest. Wendy is an active author, with many student and teacher resources published by the Neil A. Kjos Music Company.

Barden holds B.S. and M.A. degrees in music education from the University of Minnesota. Her Ph.D., also from the University of Minnesota, is in music with emphasis in music education and musicology. She is particularly passionate about standards, assessment, and student engagement.

Wendy and her husband live in Minnetonka, and are proud parents of two grown sons.