Dominique DeSilva is a music educator in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where she currently teaches Choir, Music Theory, and Modern Music to grades 5-12 at the Girard Academic Music Program. Mrs. DeSilva holds two degrees in Music Education from Temple University. As a music educator, Dominique strives to include various forms of music learning, both formal and informal, while providing a diverse repertoire for her students. She believes that all music is "real music" and worth learning and performing in our school programs. Dominique has done research on community music making and learning, and works to include those practices in the classroom. Her Master's thesis paper," Music learning through tradition: County Clare singing sessions and potential benefits of classroom adaptation," is published by ProQuest and is also listed in the Irish Traditional Music Archive.