Ever since 5th grade beginning band I have wanted to be a music teacher. I began playing the trumpet in the band and played it through my education at Eastern Kentucky University, EKU, where my degree was Bachelor’s of Music Education: Instrumental emphasis for secondary education. I began teaching at Lebanon Middle School in 1999 and have taught General Music ever since. Since then I received my 5th year Non-Degree program at EKU specializing in Music. My Rank I was completed through Kentucky’s Continuing Education Option (CEO) Non-degree program. The focus of my rank one was on integrating and assessing Kentucky’s Music Core Content with a Yamaha MIE-2XG 2nd edition keyboard lab.
Twelve years ago I received the keyboard lab with textbook funds. Ever since then my teaching style has completely changed and is now student-centered. While I still direct the Kentucky Core Content at increasingly complex levels, the students are active participants in learning and applying the knowledge by playing the keyboards and other activities/projects. The Keyboard lab is now at MCMS. The curriculum is now mostly written by me. I have two class piano books that I have created for teaching each student at the highest level. These books will be available as a fundraiser around November of this year. Each piece goes utilizes a leadsheet, a single letter in bass clef, and some other pieces are block chords and arpeggios.
Some of my hobbies are composing music and writing words for songs. I usually improvise these songs on the piano. Often these have subtle variations in a piece each time one is played due to improvisation. Another one of my hobbies is inventing educational music games. I currently have over 20 unique games but none of these have been published. I often don’t have time for these hobbies because I also direct music with a church choir. My other part-time job is mowing yards, which I have done ever since I was 10 years old.
One quote I like is the following: “Everything I do represents who I am. Everything you do represents who you are. Everything we do represents who we are.” By being the best teacher I can be, I believe I can make a positive difference with each of my students.