Music Teacher Extraordinaire Retiring

July 12, 2022

Congratulations, Mrs. Cash Cobb and thank you!

Nancy Cash Cobb retires this month with many years of teaching and with so many memories. Nancy started her career in Sacopee Valley School District where she taught General Music, grades 1 through 7, Band, grades 5 through 7 and, Chorus at the high school level. She moved to RSU14, Windham Raymond Schools, and for the last 41 years has taught K-3 General Music in Windham. As she completed her last school year she took some time and answered questions about her career teaching music.

Tell us about your formal education.

  • Bachelors & Masters Degrees from USM + 30 credits
  • 3 levels of Orff Training, University of Illinois

What has been your favorite part of teaching?

I like kidding around and having fun with the students!  I act like an idiot and they pay me for it!!!  What could be better?

One moment in teaching that has been unforgettable.

Every time the students make me come to tears because they are singing like angels!!!!!!!!!!!

What do you think are three keys to ANY successful music ed program?

1. Make sure the students are enjoying music!

2. Make sure the students are enjoying music!!

3.  Make sure the students are enjoying music!!!

What are you most proud of in your career?

My students smile when they see me!!!

Who has influenced your work as a teacher or perhaps inspired you?

My Deering High School Choral Director, Alex Cote.

Look into your crystal ball: what advice would you give to teachers?

Smile and be nice!!!!

How much of what you do is learned skills and how much is innate?

I always wanted to be a General Music Teacher. That is the key!

What does retirement look like for you?

I will let you know.

If you were given $500,000.00 to do with whatever you please, what would it be?

I would give it all away…  not in one place

Imagine you are 94 years old. You’re looking back, do you have any regrets?


We’re all wishing you a retirement filled with happiness and good health! Happy Retirement Nancy!


  1. Nancy has been a human Dynamo for Music Education in our State. She has particularly given a voice to General Music teachers, facilitated professional development opportunities, and provided connections for music teachers that were previously lacking before she became a force for change in the 80’s. Thank you, Nancy, and enjoy the retirement you so richly deserve!

  2. Thank you for your comment Jenni!

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