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Alumna Continues Career in Education and Music Ten Years Later

by Sarah Cushing - Office of Marketing | Jan 06, 2016
Lauren Noulett '05
Lauren Noulett '05
Lauren (Throckmorton) Noulett ’05 was one of the first three University of Valley Forge (UVF) graduates to receive a bachelor's degree from the music education program. “I saw myself using music education as my vocation and I also knew I would be involved in church ministry somewhere,” ‚ÄčLauren said. “UVF prepared me for both.”

Following graduation, Lauren and her husband, Chris Noulett '03, began their careers in Maryland. Chris graduated from UVF with a Bachelor of Arts in Pastoral Ministry and served as a youth pastor at Bethel Assembly of God in Jessup. Lauren worked as an elementary music teacher for the Howard County Public School System (HCPSS) in Howard County. 

During her nine years at HCPSS, Lauren taught K–5 general music, directed a fourth and fifth grade chorus and served in the district’s music leadership team for four years. In 2010, she received her Master of Education in Kodály Music Education. Outside the classroom, Lauren worked with the Children’s Chorus of Maryland and as the worship arts director at Bethel Assembly of God.

Lauren’s perspective as a teacher changed with the birth of her first daughter, Adelyn. Adelyn was born with Down syndrome and while learning how to best communicate with Adelyn, Lauren discovered a new world of music. “Music has always been Adelyn's favorite thing in the world,” she said. “I interact with her through music when I’m singing with her or when I’m moving her body to the music. I want music to be a good thing for my students, the way I feel it for her.”  

Chris enrolled in graduate school and the family moved to Ohio where he finished his residency. In 2015, he graduated with a master’s and doctorate in clinical psychology and began working for the U.S. Air Force. The family relocated, with the new addition of a second baby, Ella, to Colorado Springs, Colorado.
 
Both Lauren and Chris see their time at UVF as instrumental for their careers. Professor Floyd Richmond, D.A., was one of the first professors to teach music education. He remembers Lauren as an enthusiastic, smart and musically talented student. “Any assignment I asked her to do she was certainly capable of doing,” Richmond said.

Lauren traveled with the UVF worship ministry team, Chosen, as a vocalist for three years. During her third year, she also served as team leader. She explained how she not only received musical training but also ministry experience. Assistant Professor Leone Bilotta has served as the team’s faculty advisor and supporter. “Lauren was unique in her ability to draw excellence from those around her while maintaining her warm, interpersonal skills,” Bilotta said.
 
Two years ago, Lauren decided to step back from teaching to spend time with her family but plans to return to education and design a music class of her own. Last year, she and Adelyn attended a “Mommy and Me” music class by an internationally recognized music program called Music Together. Inspired by the class and its results, Lauren began the process of becoming a certified “Mommy and Me” teacher. “My hope is that it will open doors so that I can teach ‘Mommy and Me’ classes with kids, little ones, and kids with special needs,” she said.

Lauren serves as an example to students in the music education program as to what doors a music education degree from UVF can ‚Äčopen for them. As God continues to guide her and her family through a variety of situations and to new locations, Lauren has creatively used her skills and training beyond the classroom.