Tiffany Unarce Barry is currently Administrative Coordinator of the Three-Summer Master’s Program in Music Education and Course Director of the Orff Schulwerk Teacher Training at San Jose State University.
A second-generation Filipina-American, Mrs. Barry was born in Lansing, Michigan and grew up in San Jose, California. She has performed in orchestras, choirs, and musicals all her life. As an undergraduate, she wanted to pursue anthropology and social work to better understand and help people. Then she "accidentally" walked into the music building and the rest became history: Mrs. Barry received a B.A. in Vocal Performance and a Single Subject Teaching Credential at SJSU. In 2008, Mrs. Barry was Orff-certified through the San Francisco International Orff Course. Nine years later, she received an M.A. in Music Education at SJSU, with a focus on bringing more Orff teacher training to Bay Area music educators.
Mrs. Barry taught music for 14 years at Cambrian School District in San Jose, with her last three years at their newest site, Steindorf K-8 STEAM School. During her time, she taught K-5 general music, band, orchestra, choir, and ukulele, with an emphasis on STEAM education and Project Based Learning. Voted “Teacher of the Year” two times at her school district, Mrs. Barry also received CMEA Bay Section’s Outstanding Classroom/General Music Educator Award for 2017-2018. She has held board positions in local organizations such as Resounding Achord Productions, Northern California American Orff Schulwerk Association (NCAOSA) Chapter, and CMEA Bay Section. Her most recent board appointment is on the American Orff Schulwerk Association’s (AOSA) Board Restructuring Ad-Hoc Committee, which aims to improve representation and inclusivity within its organization.
Mrs. Barry is both a local and national presenter. She has published multiple articles in AOSA’s The Orff Echo, AOSA’s Reverberations: Teachers Teaching Teachers, Buck Institute for Education’s PBL Blog, and Teaching with Orff. At present, Mrs. Barry is working on her first book, Songs of the Sun: Filipino Folk Songs for the Musical Classroom, which is due for publication in early 2021.