About

Music and STEAM Educator

With her extensive background as a music educator, Laurie began her entrepreneurial venture in 2012, teaching general music classes to the homeschool community in Augusta, Georgia. She is now an independent contractor at the Jessye Norman School of the Arts and teaches music at Challenge Prep Academy.  Laurie’s outreach continues to grow with her YouTube channel, Laurie Orth Music Teacher. 

In 2019, Laurie published her first book, Rocket Recorder: Volume One, an innovative music workbook for recorder students that introduces space exploration and rockets. She has presented her STEAM curriculum internationally and is a frequent guest on podcasts. In 2023, she launched a digital product, Rocket Recorder - Satellite Edition, available exclusively through West Music’s Music ConstructED. 

Laurie serves as a Space Station Ambassador for the ISS National Laboratory’s CASIS program, and is a Teacher Liaison with the Space Foundation. In June 2023, Laurie attended the prestigious LiftOff Institute for STEM Educators at NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, to learn about planetary defense and asteroids.  

Her love of aerospace education aligns with her volunteer service as President of the East Georgia Chapter of the Air & Space Forces Association (AFA). She is currently participating in the AFA Emerging Leaders Program. In 2019, she was selected as a NASA social media influencer. 

Laurie is a 2024-2025 Polar Fellow for the Polar STEAM program, sponsored by Oregon State University and the National Science Foundation. Her Polar STEAM work involves collaboration with Dr. Amy Lowitz, a scientist with the Event Horizon Telescope, to create a new musical resource for young people. During the summer of 2024, Laurie will work with Janet Ivey at her famous Janet’s Planet Astronaut Academy Science Camp.  

Laurie sings professionally in her community and is a member of the Georgia Music Educators Association and the National Association for Music Educators.

 

Laurie Orth with Flag
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