Mr. Ian Tapson--LMHS Choirs
Mr. Tapson is excited to join the Lake Minneola High School staff. He earned his music education degree from Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri in 2010. During that time he toured throughout the United States and overseas to Italy and Austria with the MSU Concert Chorale. He was also a Springfield Regional Opera Young Artist. Mr. Tapson began his teaching career in Lebanon, Missouri teaching elementary music for 5 years and high school choral music and AP Theory for 3 years. In addition to teaching, Mr. Tapson enjoys performing, cooking, and of course, spending time with his wife, Jamie, children, Aria and Camden, and their dog, Toby.
Celebratory Best Practice
Inspire. Ignite. Interact. Instill. These four words are the driving force behind my daily teaching goals. As a vocal music educator, I inspire my students to go beyond the page, to become artists, to develop sensitivity. I ignite a passion for choral music, for life long music-making, and a desire to share that love of music with others. I interact with my students and develop strong relationships that show that I care for them as my students, as young musicians, and the future of the world. Lastly, I instill a deep sense of responsibility to each other not only as fellow musicians but as human beings. These four processes must be woven deeply in the fabric of our daily rehearsals. Although my focus is music literacy, comprehension, and performance, I know that my true position extends beyond the musical skills and instead lies in the teaching of life skills. It is through music which I can accomplish such a higher calling.
"Ah Music! A magic beyond all that we do here!"--Albus Dumbledore (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone; J.K. Rowling).
"Together we can do what none of us can do alone."
Mr. Tapson's Certifications:
Bachelor of Music Education-Vocal (K-12)
Master's in Education Adminstration
Instructional Best Practice
As a vocal music educator, it is my vision to provide a learning environment that challenges and inspires students to perform at a high level no matter which class or ensemble they are enrolled in. I believe this is achieved through setting high goals that are monitored consistently throughout the rehearsal and performing experience. A choral educator must effectively communicate timelines and structure their rehearsals so that their goals are met and that their students are able to process, develop, and grow as musicians throughout the performance journey.
I want to develop the entire musician so that they are competent in understanding, interpreting, and performing a choral score, going beyond what is asked of them on paper and making music. In order to do so, I must identify, teach, and assess those skills I deem necessary to succeed as a musician within my program. Once identified, I can formulate a sequenced plan that will improve the students' fundamental understandings of music and provide them with the knowledge to push themselves to the next level.