Hans Rose Challenges Students to Make Music Out of Notes

Reported by: Joe Legge
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Updated: 8/13/2012 5:03 pm
Hans Rose didn't intend to make a living out of music.  "I was in college in all the ensembles, I was taking tuba lessons, you name it.  If they needed a tuba player, I was doing it.  And I was really leaning toward being an Environmental Studies Major."

But his tuba instructor encouraged him to make that count for something.  And for the past 22-years, he has, teaching band to Middle and High school students.

Hixson Middle 7th Grader Anna Swisher says "he taught me how to hold my horn first, I play a trombone, and so he told me how to hold it and which position it was, the first note I played was a B flat."

Many middle school students take band as an elective, but Rose challenges them to invest in the process that leads to an attachment.  "When you play that video game at the end of the day, you've won and you take it back to the store and return it.  That trumpet?  They're not going to win that in a day.  It takes years of practice," says Rose.

"He's been really encouraging.  When I say I'm a bad musician, player, he's always really encouraging telling me I'm a good band player," says 7th Grader Jenna Barber.  Her classmate Amy Hebert agrees.  "He helps you when you dont understand things."

Rose says band teaches children higher order thinking skills, while providing them with lessons in teamwork, citizenship and other intangibles.  "Although they'll show their emotions in many ways, getting them to show that in music is not always an easy thing and that is sometimes what makes this job more fun that others."

Rose says the payoff from his profession comes when he hears his students play more than just the notes on the page.

Does your teacher stand out?  If so, there's still time to nominate them for our Golden Apple Award this school year.  You can pick up a nomination form at Bi-Lo, or fill one out by clicking here.
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