(I decided to interview my high school band director, Mr. Eanes)
1. Why did you decide to teach music? I love music, and want to give this gift to as many individuals as possible. I feel that I am well-positioned to demonstrate and communicate the intricacies of the subject.
2. What is your education philosophy? To allow all students: to have the best opportunity to discover and enhance their musical talents.
3. What are your views on classroom discipline? I want my students to enjoy their time in my class but I also want them to know when there’s a time to play and a time to work.
4. What relevance do you think the subject of Music has in people’s lives?
5. Tell me a little bit about yourself. Well my name is David Eanes and I’m a high school band director at Thornridge High School. My main instrument is the trumpet and I’ve also graduated from Grambling State University. I’m planning on retiring later on this year since I’ve been working at this school for nearly 30 years.
6. What was your favorite course in college? My favorite course in college was actually my Music History class with Mr. Jefferson.
7. What do you like most about being a music teacher? To be able to influence young adults in a positive way. There’s so many negative things kids are being exposed to these days, I just want to help them out the best way I can; through music.
8. How do you know that what you are teaching is really being learned? When my students are attentive and are quick to answer any questions I ask.
9. Where do you want to be five years from now? Ten years? Well, obviously I’m going to be retired so I’ll probably just be spending time with my wife and family.
10. How important is it that students like you? To me personally, I believe that respect is a two way street and in order to get respect, you have to give it.
11. How do you involve parents in the music program? The school has this program set up called “The Booster Club” and it...