Interview with a Teacher – Mr. McCarl

Position: Band Director

Degree:  Music Education

School:   Middle Tennessee State University

Why did you choose to teach at Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy?
Finding a job straight out of college, in the profession you love, in an environment as supportive as Holy Trinity, is a dream come true. In just the first month at HTEA, I have been overwhelmed with the support, not only of my colleagues, but the administration, the parents, and most importantly, the students.

What inspired you to become a music teacher?
Teaching music has always been a passion of mine and my experiences in high school band and athletics led to my decision to become a Music Education major at Middle Tennessee State University. Growing up in Band presented a number of challenges that I never received in my other classes. The process of learning music is very similar to that of learning a foreign language. When you combine this new information with the movement of air and your fingers/hands, it creates a new challenge; a challenge that my time on the football field or soccer pitch couldn’t replicate.

What is one important lesson you’d want a student to learn in your class?
Music truly is an international language. During my time at Middle Tennessee State University, I had the opportunity to work with a number of world renowned composers, as well as perform and record a number of World Premiere compositions. One highlight was being asked to conduct the 2012 MTSU Concert Band for the World Premiere performance of Kevin Joest’s, “Tu Amor Me Hace Bien”. This piece was inspired by my visit to Panama and Costa Rica with the MTSU Wind Ensemble during the summer of 2011. That was one of many international experiences I had through music. This past summer (2012), I visited a camp in China to teach music, giving the experience of a concert band to Chinese students for the first time. I was also fortunate enough to perform throughout Europe and Canada during my time in high school. Bonding with other musicians around the world has been the highlight of my musical career.

What are your hopes for the band program at HTEA?
I have large ambitions of being able to share these experiences through the band programs here at Holy Trinity. We are definitely a growing organization and will continue to grow with everyone’s support. The students are excited to participate in such a prominent way at the athletic events as well as the expanded concert schedule this year. I hope we can continue to grow in numbers, as well as performances every year.

Below is the concert calendar for the 2012-2013 school year. We’d love for you to join us as we celebrate our progress during these events.

  • Nov. 12 – 2:00 PM – Veterans Day Service in the Scott Center Auditorium
  • Dec. 14 – 6:30 PM – Winter Music Gala in the Scott Center Auditorium
  • Mar. 14 – 7:00 PM – MPA Music Showcase
  • May 3 – 7:00 PM – Spring Music Gala in the Scott Center Auditorium

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