Tiffany Unarce Barry is an adjunct professor in the School of Music & Dance at SJSU and a K-8 music teacher at Granite Bay Montessori in Roseville. A second- generation Filipino-American, Tiffany has sung and played violin in ensembles all her life. She earned her BA in Vocal Performance at SJSU in 2001 and received a Single-Subject Teaching Credential in 2005. In 2008, she became Orff-certified through the San Francisco International Orff Course and in 2017, she earned her MA in Music Education at SJSU with a focus on providing more Orff Schulwerk Teacher Training to educators in the South Bay.
Tiffany taught general music and a variety of instrumental and choral ensembles for 14 years at Cambrian School District, where she was voted “Teacher of the Year '' in both 2010 and 2017 for her expertise in arts integrations, STEAM education, and Project-Based Learning. She also received CMEA Bay Section’s Outstanding Classroom/General Music Educator Award for 2017-2018. Tiffany has held board positions for Resounding Achord Productions, Northern California American Orff Schulwerk Association Chapter, and CMEA Bay Section. Her most recent appointment is on the American Orff Schulwerk Association’s Board Restructuring Ad-Hoc Committee, which aims to improve representation and inclusivity within the national organization.
As a presenter and writer, Tiffany has published articles in AOSA’s The Orff Echo & Reverberations, Buck Institute for Education’s PBL Blog, and Teaching with Orff. In February 2021, Tiffany published her first book, Songs of the Sun: Filipino Folk Songs for the Musical Classroom.