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San Jose Episcopal Music Teacher of the Week

12:28 PM, May 25, 2011   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- He is the music teacher and band director at San Jose Episcopal Day School. Michael Calender is this week's Teacher of the Week.

Elementary students in Michael Calender's music class really enjoy making music together.  Some of the students are on the drums, others are playing the clarinet and trumpet, and many of the fourth graders are singing. 

"He's a really good music teacher. He likes to play games with us to help us learn stuff," said 6th grader and drummer Carter Winters.

"Mr. Calender is pretty awesome," added 4th grader Grace Vukota, who plays the clarinet. 

His students call him Mr. C. and he plays four or five different instruments himself, but his specialty is the guitar. "The kids are really attracted to the guitar. Obviously there's the rock-n-roll aspect and so forth but anything I can do to get a child interested in music I'm going to do, so that's why I prefer the guitar mostly."

Studies show that students who play a musical instrument typically do better in school academically, so Mr. Calender is hoping to plant the seed for the love of music at a young age; and, it's working.

"I just love the aspect of working with the kids and have them possibly build a career out of music," said Calender.

His 6th graders are moving on to middle school in the fall but they won't forget about Mr. Calender. "Yeah I'm going to miss him. I might (come back) and take lessons from him each week," said 6th grader Russell Libby, who plays the guitar.

Calender has been teaching for 20 years. He said he does it because he loves teaching young people music.  

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