Music classes at Clinton are part of a comprehensive program, beginning in Kindergarten, which is centered on the musical processes of performing, creating, listening and responding, and connecting music to other disciplines. We do this through the application of the basic skills of rhythm, singing, and artistic expression. These skills, which are fundamental to participation in music throughout life, are consistently reinforced as students progress through training in music reading, music vocabulary, composition, dance, instruments, history, style, and much more. Students demonstrate learning through performance-based activities, listening-based activities, project-based activities, and writing.
Meet our Music Teachers!
Bio: Mrs. Ellen Oberto
Mrs. Ellen Oberto teaches General Music as well as Beginning and Concert Band. She has been teaching music and band since 2001 and has been at Clinton Elementary School since 2012.
Mrs. Oberto has a bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the University of Georgia and a master’s degree in Music Education from Northwestern University. Her performance areas include voice and clarinet.
Mrs. Oberto believes that music is an inherent part of the human experience and is, thus, essential to a high quality education which is the right of every child. Her instructional practices reflect this philosophy, as she strives to provide varied musical experiences to impact the diverse student body that she serves.
Bio: Mr. Mike Madonia
Mr. Mike Madonia graduated from St. Rita High School and then attended DePaul University where he received his Bachelors degree and then received his Masters of music education degree from VanderCook College in Chicago.
Mr. Madonia is in his 37th year of music education and has been at Clinton since 2015. Besides teaching music at DeWitt Clinton elementary, he has taught at several schools during his career, including currently the Director of Bands at Robert Morris University in Illinois. His previous positions include, Director of Bands at Thornton Fractional South High School in Lansing, Illinois, Amos Alonzo Stagg High School in Palos Hills, Illinois, Bishop Noll Institute in Hammond, Indiana, and Weber High School in Chicago, Illinois.
During his tenure at these schools, his marching, jazz and concert bands have won over 800 awards at festivals including; Bands of America regional finalists 2 times, Illinois State Marching championship finalist 2 times, Illinois State Concert Band Champions 7 times, and University of Illinois Superstate Concert Band Champions.
Outside the classroom, Mr. Madonia is very active as a trumpet player in various musical ensembles in the Chicagoland Area and has played with musicians from the Tonight Show through members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
Mr. Madonia serves as the Executive Director for the Midwest Music Festival and the Chicago Area Jazz Festival.
Mr. Madonia has been an active member of IMEA/MENC, is the recipient of 5 National Band Association Citations of Excellence, and is also a member of the College Band Directors National Association. In 2010 Mr. Madonia was a recipient of the Chicagoland Outstanding Music Educator Award from Quinlan and Fabish Music.