Company: Rye City School District
Location: New York, NY
Shawn Amdur always knew he wanted to be a high school music teacher. After an initial experience at the elementary level, he found that he enjoyed teaching the elementary students, and continued that role for most of his career, until a recent change which gave him the title of music educator and coordinator. He believes that all kids can learn something, and he teaches them skills that are applicable in all areas of study and life through the medium of music. As a teacher, Mr. Amdur seeks to achieve a balance between creativity and performance practice and skill development. He feels fortunate to have had the experience of working with diverse populations of students, and prides himself on motivating his students to take risks and grow, as well as bridging the gaps between theory and practice. In his role, Mr. Amdur teaches classes to first- through fifth-grade students for six to eight periods a day, creates productions, and puts on a full-length Broadway-style shows. Over the years, Mr. Amdur has presented 25 full musicals with sixth- and fifth-grade students. He has had the pleasure of acquainting young performers with Gilbert and Sullivan, Richard Rodgers, and Oscar Hammerstein II. He has done “Oklahoma,” “South Pacific,” “Brigadoon,” “The King and I,” “Pirates of Penzance,” and other shows. Mr. Amdur has been teaching for more than 30 years and feels privileged to have impacted the lives of many students who learn more about themselves through their interaction in his classes. He attributes his success to his education, the connections he has made with others, the positions he has held in the past, and the support of friends and family. He is passionate about everything he does. Looking toward the future, Mr. Amdur will continue teaching music and possibly explore the arts. He enjoys working outside of school with theater, opera and music, and continues to study his instrument. He would like to teach at a graduate-level class.
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