The University of St. Thomas


Nyssa Brown

Nyssa Brown

Brown, Nyssa

Adjunct Faculty, Summer Graduate Program
Phone: (651) 96
Toll Free: (800) 328-6819, Ext.

University of St. Thomas
2115 Summit Ave., LOR 103
St. Paul, MN  55105

Office Location: None

Nyssa Brown serves as Music Education Coordinator for Minnesota's Perpich Center for Arts Education whose mission is to improve K-12 education for all Minnesota students and educators through innovative programs and partnerships centered in the arts.

Ms. Brown taught elementary school vocal and general music at Park Spanish Immersion School in St. Louis Park, MN from 1998-2007. In 2006, Nyssa was chosen by Education Minnesota, a state affiliate of NEA and AFT, to represent Minnesota at the national level in NEA's Foundation Award for Teaching Excellence. Ms. Brown was one of ten finalists for 2004 Minnesota Teacher of the Year and received a prestigious Milken Educator Award in 2004 from the Milken Family Foundation.

Nyssa is a faculty member of the Kodály levels courses at Indiana University and is an adjunct professor at the University of St. Thomas. She has spent time in Namibia and South Africa teaching and learning music and has participated in Eastman School of Music's Umculo: The Kimberley Project. She also studied in Hungary at the Kodály Institute's summer seminar. Nyssa released her first CD in October, 2000, Packwood or Paradise and is currently recording a CD of lullabies.

Ms. Brown graduated from the Hartt School of Music and Hartford College for Women in 1998 with a B.M. in Education and a B.A. in Women's Studies. She completed her M.A. in Music Education at the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN in 2008. Her Kodály certification was earned at Brigham Young University in 2001.