The Arts Department

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The purpose of Art Education at MacDuffie is to facilitate self-expression, build confidence, and ultimately enhance the student’s life.

We teach creation and appreciation of visual and performing arts to foster artistic literacy. The MacDuffie Arts department offers courses in dance, music, theater, and visual arts. Students develop creative thinking skills, work collaboratively, express ideas in verbal and nonverbal ways, and create a finished product. Our instructors are active artists who expose students to various art forms inside and outside of the classroom.


Please refer to the curriculum guide to see all our course offerings.



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Becky Beth Benedict

Arts Department Chair; Theater Teacher

BA, University of North Dakota
MA, University of North Dakota

Becky Beth Benedict grew up as a farmer’s daughter but always knew that her tribe was in the theater.  She studied theater at the Unversity of North Dakota, where she graduated magna cum laude. Known to her students and colleagues as “Ms.…

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Steve Kaminski

Music Teacher

BMus, Southern Methodist University

Steve Kaminski spent 26 years in Los Angeles working in the TV entertainment industry.  He is happy to be back in New England teaching the importance the musical arts play in a students journey and growth.  He is thrilled to be teaching music at the MacDuffie school where the arts are a valued part of the curriculum.

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Jena McNerney

Visual Arts Teacher

BSC, Springfield College

Jena McNerney runs the Visual Art program at MacDuffie and owns and operates Level Studio Arts in Easthampton, MA. Jena has taught in both private and public school settings and offers classes at her studio. She focuses on ceramic arts and paintings but loves to explore new materials. She enjoys teaching all ages and is constantly learning important lessons from her students.

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Angie Muzzy

Dance Teacher

BA, Keene State College
MFA, The College at Brockport, SUNY

Angie Muzzy joined the MacDuffie Faculty in 2014. She currently directs the dance program and loves teaching MacDuffie students to be explorative, expressive and embodied, as well as, mentoring emerging choreographers and performers in preparation for annual concerts. She is a certified 200-hour Embodyoga instructor and is currently in training for her 300-hour yoga certification at Yoga Center Amherst.…

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Lucy Tew

Assistant Dean of Boarding; Theater Teacher; Campus Point Person

BA, University of Southern California

Lucy Tew is a drama geek at heart and has been since she was the same age as her youngest students are now. Originally from Los Angeles, she has now lived and worked at MacDuffie for going on four years. In that time she has served as a Residential Assistant, Middle School Theater Teacher, English tutor, creative writing instructor, and the Assistant Dean of Boarding Life, and has been a part of the production team on seven MacDuffie Theater productions (including devising and directing two spring plays).…