The purpose of the Mary Putnam Henck Intermediate School Music Program is to cultivate the students’ love of music and love of learning as they grow into contributing members of society. The Program does this by exposing the students to a wide variety of genres, cultures, and styles to help them develop personal relationships with music and most importantly, personal relationships with each other. Through these personal relationships, students become strong musicians and learn valuable life skills such as empathy, respect, kindness, community, dependability, time management, and punctuality.
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Music has been an enormous part of Michael's entire life. His mother was a church music director, and she instilled in him a love of music early in life. Throughout his school days, he participated in everything he was allowed to join: choir (even his adult church choir), handbells, concert band, marching band, jazz band, jazz choir, musical theatre, and private music lessons.
After high school, Michael pursued Clarinet Performance at Concordia University, Irvine. He went on to California State University, Long Beach, for his Master of Music in Clarinet Performance degree. After teaching band at a small private school in Orange County, he realized his true passion was in education. Therefore, he went back to Concordia University, Irvine, to receive his Single Subject Teaching Credential in Music. As a Woodwind Doubler, he loves to play in the pit orchestra for stage musicals. He professionally performs on piccolo, flute, clarinet, and saxophone.
Michael is a huge Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings nerd and is obsessed with coffee! :)
Michael currently lives in Anaheim with his wife, Sarah, who is an Elementary Teacher. They enjoy traveling (pre-pandemic), movies, tv, reading, and spending time together with their two cats, Ella and Lily, and their dog, Wall-E.