Lois Fiftal has a B.M.E. in music education from Grove City College in Pennsylvania, a M.S. in music from Western Connecticut State University , and a Certification in Orff Schulwerk from the University of Connecticut. She has taught classroom and choral music in the Connecticut public schools for over 20 years specializing in K–8, and is active in children’s theater, composing songs and musicals as well as church anthems and pageants for elementary and middle school students. Ms. Fiftal has developed original approaches to teaching classroom music and has worked with the Connecticut State Department of Education, developing the National Standards for the Arts. She has also served on various committees at the state level in forming State Curriculum Guidelines in music. In her capacity as a music education consultant, Ms. Fiftal presents workshops throughout the country in music education and music theater. She also is a frequent guest conductor for elementary and middle school regional and district choral festivals in several states.