Carol Dallstream has been a music educator for 28 years. Everyone can play an instrument if they are patient and persistent with themselves. She started her teaching career by teaching private French Horn lessons for four years in her home in Bloomingdale. She started her public school teaching career in the Lake Zurich schools, taught for eight years in the Palatine schools and moved to the St. Charles school district in 2002. She earned her Bachelor of Music Education from Northern Illinois University on a full scholarship in 1977. She earned a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from Concordia University in 1997 and a Masters in Educational Leadership from Northern Illinois University in 2000. She has been Nationally Board Certified twice, and served as a NBPTS Board Mentor for four years. She created the award winning “Chamber Strings” in the Palatine school district and “The Pro Arte Ensemble” that earned multiple Division I and Superior Ratings and local and State contests. She also created the “Lake Zurich Strolling Strings” that was a featured performer at the National Strolling String Convention and performed in Washington D.C. for the 50th Anniversary of D-Day. Ms. Dallstream has been a member of the Judson Community Orchestra and Harper Symphony as well. Ms. Dallstream has adjudicated local music contests and has served as a guest clinician. Ms. Dallstream has been nominated for “Teachers Who Excel”, the Grammy Educator award and was selected as the Elgin Youth Symphony Educator of the Year in May, 2017.

First piece of music that had a profound effect on me: Performing the 1st Mozart Horn Concerto at my 8th grade band concert. I remember thinking how special it was that I could bring this beautiful music alive for the audience.

Music teacher who inspired me the most: My French Horn teacher Ginger Culpepper. She taught me to love the French Horn, to love music, and to work hard, and be persistent.

How I am making the world a better place: By loving the people around me to the best of my ability and by teaching music. Music makes the world a better place by helping us access our emotions and by documenting culture. The study of music is the best way to use your brain as it activates both sides of your brain at once. Performing music is a wonderful way to feel empowered as you share your passion with others.

Favorite quote about music:  “Ah, music! A magic beyond all we do here!” – Dumbledore, from “Harry Potter”