How the World of Music Education Can Catch Up to the World of School Improvement

Ben Collins

Ben Collins teaches instrumental and general music and serves as the fine arts department chair at Batavia High School in Batavia, IL. Over 550 students take part in the curricular music program at Batavia, a school of approximately 1,900 students. Batavia offers 4 bands, 5 choirs, 3 orchestras, 2 percussion classes, and 4 general music classes. Ben holds a master’s and bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, both in music education; and is currently pursuing a master’s in educational administration from Aurora University. He is an Innovative Percussion educator and is the co-director of Smith Walbridge Marching Percussion Clinics. He also serves as a marching band clinician for Walt Disney World during their annual Thanksgiving Parade of bands. Ben spent four years in the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps from 2001-2004 and a year on their percussion staff in 2005. In his free time, Ben enjoys an addiction to non-fiction reading and electronic dance music, as well as a love of Illinois Football and golfing.

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3 Responses

  1. Tracy Marcotte says:

    This is a wonderful article! Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I completely agree that we as public school music educators need to learn how to advocate for our programs and ultimately for our students.

  2. Excellent and well-written article about music education. Thank you for taking the time to give serious consideration to this subject.

  3. Amy says:

    Love this perspective–thanks for sharing.

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