New Teacher Brings High Hopes

As you all know, we have a new choir director this year. Mr.Groth left this summer whenever he was offered a new job in his hometown, Omaha, NE. It was with great sadness that we said our farewells to our beloved Mr.Groth, but a new joy comes with greeting Mr.Hansen. Mr.Hansen is our new choir director and many people are excited to get to know him and be under his leadership, but some people are worried that choir just won’t be the same with someone different and a different type of guidance. I believe people should get to know him first before they become worried or make biased judgements on the success of choir this year, which is why I decided to ask him some questions. We can all get to know Mr.Hansen a little bit better.

About the Director

(Taken from the LHS Vocal Music Handbook with Mr.Hansen’s permission.)

“Mr.Hansen received a Bachelors of Arts in Music (with vocal emphasis) from Truman State University. While at Truman, he was actively involved in every choir offered, singing tenor (and bass on occasion). Although his degree is in vocal music, he also enjoys playing percussion, piano, and has played several other instruments through the years. He has three brothers who are all married, two nieces. three nephews, and two more on the way! His hobbies include computers, technology, gaming (board, card, video), and recording his own multi-track CDs. He is excited to begin his first year of his teaching career at Lafayette. Go Irish!”


Questions Asked to the Director

What all do you teach?

Vocal Music

Why did you want to teach choir?

I enjoy helping students gain an understanding and appreciation for music, and also guiding them to become great performers.

Is teaching what you expected it to be?

It is everything I expected it to be. I love working daily with the students, watching them become better musicians and people. I get to share my passion for music with them, and hope that they can learn to value music as well.

What’s been your biggest challenge with teaching so far?

Remembering everything that needs to get done. Teaching is not just what happens inside the classroom, but also all of the logistics that happen before or after I see the students.

Do you sponsor any clubs?

I am directing the music for the musical.

Are you enjoying teaching at Lafayette so far?

I sure am! I could not imagine working anywhere else. The students are wonderful and hard workers, and the staff are very supportive, friendly, and encouraging. It makes for a great place to work!

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