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."