Gretchen Byer graduated from Concordia College in Moorhead in 1997 with a degree in Vocal Music Education. She has taught elementary music and middle school choir in Minnesota, Colorado, and North Dakota. Currently, she is teaching K-5 general music and directs an elementary choir and hand chimes group in Fargo at Lewis & Clark Elementary. She has her Masters in Curriculum and Instruction with a Kodály emphasis, and has completed Level 1 and Level 2 of Orff from NDSU. In addition, she has served on the board of directors for the Northern Plains Kodály Chapter, and has presented at local workshops on different elementary lesson ideas.