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New band director adjusting in the Kewaunee Schools

You may have notied a new face this school year if you follow the Kewaunee School District music program. With the departure of the previous director, the district hired a new director, Ryan Fitz, for bands 5-12. Fitz studied at UW-Whitewater and earned a degree in instrumental music and general music. After graduating, Fitz spent time as a student-teacher at Sun Prairie Highschool. He says he has found teaching students as young as 6th grade has been somewhat of a shift from his student teaching. He also described the changes caused by COVID-19 within the program.

 

 

Fitz has found challenges in finding the right classroom atmosphere for everyone to learn and enjoy band class. However, he has also found success in encouraging students to join bands. Fitz stated his finding of students returning to the band after not being involved for a while and members of the band branching out and wanting to try new instruments and new techniques. In the short period he has been a part of the district, Fitz has reintroduced small group lessons in the high school band. He states that time in a smaller group helps students work on music individually to increase their playing.

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