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Bachelors in Music Education from Carthage College with Emphasis in Vocal and General Music Education
K-12 Illinois Teaching License for Music
4K-12 Wisconsin Teaching License for Music
Took courses at famed "Kodaly Institute of Music" in Kecskemét, Hungary
Selected for American Choral Directors Assosciation National Honors Choir in Chicago, Illinois
Selected for American Choral Directors Assosciation Regional Honors Choir in Cincinatti, Ohio
Performed twice in New York Cities "Carnegie Hall"
Worked closely with famed Jitro Choir in the Czech Republic
I am a dedicated music educator focused on innovative ways to engage my students in there learning while utilizing modern technology and proven pedagogical methods to improve my students musical abilities. I graduated from Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin with a Bachelors in Music Education focusing on vocal and general music. I have been performing with bands around the Chicagoland area for many years as a vocalist and as a saxophonist. I have performed around the world including in Carnegie Hall twice. I live in DeKalb, Illinois with my wife, Catherine, and my dog, Sawyer.
I have had a desire to be an educator since I was in second grade. The first music ensemble I directed was a men's choir at Huntley High School in Huntley, Illinois. I proceeded to direct worship choirs and bands at Carthage College for my four years at Carthage. After Carthage I became the music teacher at Fratt Elementary School in Racine, Wisconsin where I taught general music and directed the annual fourth and fifth grade musical. I taught at Fratt for two years. This year I became one of the choir directors at Auburn High School and West Middle School in Rockford, Illinois where I am part of the Creative and Performing Arts Academy. I have a desire to work with students to improve there skills and make them musicians for life.
When creating lesson plans for classes or for individual lessons, I customize and design the lessons to fit the needs of the students. I always interview the students and set goals to know where they want to go so that all of our work is geared towards there individual success and improvement. I utilize various methods books depending on the students abilities. I also heavily utilize the Kodaly method and the Orff Method when teaching. Students who are actively engaged in music have a higher success of improving and loving music.
The moment when a students finally understands a difficult concept, succeeds at a performance, masters a new technique, or has an amazing breakthrough is why I teach. I love to see the joy in the students faces and see how proud they are when they accomplish the tasks at hand. I like to reward and acknowledge successes because a student who feels successful has a higher chance of being successful. Every student requires a different approach so their lessons are tailored towards their individuals needs.
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