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Faculty & Staff

Alejandro Gonzalez Beltran Program Director/Lead String Teaching Artist - Hart Elementary

Alejandro Gonzalez Beltran, a native of Pereira, Colombia, holds a master's degree in cello performance from Missouri State University where he studied with Dr. Michael A. Murray. Mr. Gonzalez started playing cello at age 15 and ever since has been actively involved in the making of chamber and orchestral music with different groups both in Colombia and overseas. Alejandro has also had the opportunity to perform as soloist with orchestras in his home country, Jamaica and the United States.

Having musically grown up in a program of music for social inclusion (Batuta Risaralda), one of Alejandro’s career goals has been to balance performing at a professional level with his passion of teaching music for social change, a concept made famous globally by “El Sistema” in Venezuela. For that reason, Mr. Gonzalez has had the chance to teach music to children and youth of underserved communities in Colombia, Jamaica, Saint Lucia and Haiti.

Cristobal Rivera Site Coordinator - Hart Elementary and Guillen Middle School

Cristobal Rivera has spent many years playing music and working with children.  Having special love for downtown El Paso, the historic neighborhood of el Segundo Barrio, art and children Cristobal migrates his passions together at Hart and Guillen where he oversees the Tocando program.  Cristobal has found that the best way to contribute to his community has been through his current position as Site Coordinator with Tocando. Cristobal's daily interaction with and caring attitude toward the students have lead to their success as musicians and strengthened their desire for education.   

Mary Jane Maus Musicianship Teaching Artist - Hart Elementary

Having attended West Texas A & M University, in Canyon, Texas, Mary Jane graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education, with a Music Certification, and a Kindergarten Certification. Years later she received her Gifted and Talented Endorsement through the El Paso Independent School District. Mary Jane's teaching experience for El Paso Independent School District includes: 15 years in the Elementary Schools teaching Regular Education and GT in every grade level from K-5-all subjects. The last 12 years, Mary Jane has been teaching music in a special program called Mobile Melodies which services schools without an elementary music teacher. In addition to teaching, she helps write music curriculum and is a teacher leader to assist with training other elementary music teachers. At the University Level, from 2003-2009, she taught the Music Lab portion of a Whole Arts course at the University of Texas at El Paso. This Music Lab gave students in the elementary education program a general overview of music basics. For two years she wrote and hosted the Music Menagerie Music Program for Public TV with the El Paso School District. There are 12 videos for use in the Elementary classroom by Regular Ed teachers to teach music coordinated with the TEKS for Music. Outside of work Mary Jane's weekends include being a choir director and organist at Jesus and Mary Catholic Church. She resides in El Paso with her husband and dog and has three grown children that live outside of El Paso.