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School Instructor, Philanthropic
Intro: Joe Montgomery believes that the goal of
Music Education centers upon the development of musicality, or music
responsiveness. The basic task is to promote a response to music
in terms of its melodic, rhythmic and harmonic properties. This
provides the music student with a working criteria to help develop
an ear for all types of music. This ear should be decisive in terms
of the development of taste and discrimination.
Joe Montgomery fully utilizes the four major points of the California
and National Frameworks for Visual and Performing Arts in all levels
of his teaching. These 5 points are: Artistic, Creative Expression,
Historical, Cultural Context, and Aesthetic Valuing!
In his vocal music classes and with his private studio students,
Joe Montgomery's goal is to utilize the Framework's guidelines to
help his students develop comprehensive musicianship. This includes
the experimental and interpretive study of the conversion of "symbol
to sound concepts" and "sound to symbol concepts."
Music is the universal language of the world's people. An individual
who appreciates and understands music has the background to develop
into a culturally literate person. Such a person can be best prepared
to become a positive contributor to the environment in which he
functions. His contributions may be philanthropic, participatory
or simply made through music.
Joe Montgomery is a member of the professional teacher's unions,
the National Education Association, the California Education Association
and the local affiliate, the Antelope Valley Teacher's Association.
Instructor: Joe Montgomery is a successful post-secondary
Performing Arts educator. He is the former Assistant Conductor of
the Antelope Valley Master Chorale, an affiliate of Antelope Valley
College. He filled this position for thirteen years. He is bass
section leader. He has conducted the Chorale with Symphony many
times in concert and is frequently a featured soloist. He is a member
of the College Music Society and the Department of Fine, Performing
and Media Arts Professional Development (FLEX). He has fully enjoyed
teaching at the college level. He finds the needs of post-secondary
students refreshing after years of teaching high school.
Joe Montgomery is fully knowledgeable of the curriculum that would
logically follow in a post-secondary or junior college setting.
He has experience for the integration of beginning music and theatre
students into more advanced Performing Arts Programs. He has the
knowledge and skills to build, implement and polish the Junior College
class offerings in music and theatre. He has the knowledge and past
experience to write and re-vamp curriculum that would enhance and
create a successful College Performing Arts Program. His knowledge
and utilization of the National Standards for Visual and Performing
Arts would be incorporated into any new class offerings he would
create and implement.
Joe has now retired from college and public school teaching.
School Instructor: Joe Montgomery has participated
successfully in many aspects of high school music education, both
vocal and instrumental, as well as theatre education. He has utilized
his education, experience and familiarity with the National and
California Standards for Visual and Performing Arts to write three
Vocal Music curricula: Mixed Chorus, Vocal Ensemble and Concert
Choir, which were unanimously accepted by the school board and the
community for implementation.
In addition, he co-authored four levels of Drama curricula: Introduction
to Drama, Beginning Drama, Intermediate Drama and Advanced Drama,
which were also immediately adopted and implemented. Under his direction,
the Performing Arts program at Highland High School was varied,
involved hundreds of students and had exacting performance standards.
While at the Highland program, which he initiated, he was nominated
to Who's Who Among America's Teachers, 1998.
Joe Montgomery was also the Director of the "World Famous"
Hollywood High School's Marching Band. When he arrived, the band
was bedraggled, with no uniforms to speak of and barely any functioning
instruments. They had been ostracized from the Hollywood Christmas
Parade for many years. This was embarrassing to the students, the
school as a whole and the community. Before Joe Montgomery left
Hollywood High, they were once again back in the internationally
televised Hollywood Parade. The HHS Band reached Parade Standards
with a Dance Team, Shield Team, Rifle (ROTC) Team, Drill Team, both
tall and short Flag Teams, and the band itself.
As can be seen, Joe Montgomery is a performing arts educator who
is definitely an innovator and a program builder. He has designed,
implemented and promoted several programs to benefit the students
and increase their self-concept and self-esteem. These programs
also develop esprit de corps, life-long friends, and job skills
such as teamwork. As high school administrators are fond of saying,
create "Snapshot Moments," which provide happy and glorious
moments in the educational memory of the students, their parents
and the community. Joe does that!
Philanthropy is an important part of who Joe Montgomery is. He seeks
to promote the elevation of mankind and happiness. Donations are
made and participation in projects, philanthropic in nature continue.
He directs his efforts to specific charities, civic, educational,
cultural, community and corporate. Through these works, he seeks
to mitigate social evils, which surround our world and our societies
today. As a member of the human race, Joe Montgomery is concerned
with the future of generations to come.
He formerly served as
vice president for Opera Works board of directors and served on
the board of directors for Desert Opera Theatre.
He currently serves as
Vice President of Opera Associates in Los Angeles, is a member of
the Metropolitan Committee, and the Los Angeles Opera League.