gotham Exceeds EXPECTATIONS
By Amatullah Wright, Junior Writer
With every new school year, many changes occur. Students are not always aware of the introduction of new teachers; one new teacher is Mr. Cortright, one of two new music teachers. .Mr. Cortright has brought great enthusiasm and determination to his students from the beginning. Although he has yet to complete the school year, Mr. Cortright has already contributed much to Hillcrest. He took part in the Winter Festival where his chorus group performed commendably, and his musicians showed wonderful aptitud. He prepares his students well in music, from the basics rudiments to advanced instrument performance, and he hopes to create an A.P class for students seriously pursuing careers in music.
Mr. Cortright always enjoyed music growing up. “Music was my main interest since age eight. My older brother was my music mentor and we played in various ensembles together,” he said. His love of music prompted him to become a music teacher. “Almost twelve years ago, I was motivated to become a K-12 music teacher for mundane reasons. However, after teaching for a few years, I really began to enjoy it. It’s especially satisfying for a teacher to see his students grow in their musicianship over time,” he added.
From the moment Mr. Cortright started working at Hillcrest, he has enjoyed seeing how eager most of his students are to learn about music. Mr. Cortright forte is the piano. Says he, “[the] piano is my main instrument and I enjoy playing it. Music has the ability to take the human experience beyond the temporal into the spiritual realm…[it’s]wonderful!” For him music is deeper than just the tunes we hear and play. Music can transport us into deeper thoughts and bring positivity into our lives.
Mr. Cortright does plan on continuing to help the music program progress for the bettes. He’s stated that “personal ideas are only the starting point of improvement. Plans for improvement are worked out amongst a larger group of teachers, counselors and administrators. I look forward to seeing this music program grow as a whole.” A big congratulations to Mr. Cortright for the hard and diligent work he has shown his students; may he continue to inspire them and help improve the music program overall!
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