Ten years of teaching experience. Five years teaching middle school choral music and five years teaching elementary music.
He involves students in exploring a wealth of music from a variety of cultures and historical periods by singing, moving, and playing instruments. Willis believes that the study of music is a unique creative experience that provides opportunities to reinforce skills and concepts of other disciplines, while developing lifelong learning skills. He is passionate that the cultivation of musicianship begins at a young age and that every child has musical potential.
Metro Nashville Public Schools Blue Ribbon Teacher Madison Middle School Teacher of the Year (2015-2016) Tennessee Music Educators Association 1st General Music Teacher Spotlight Two time recipient of the Country Music Association Foundation Music Teachers of Excellence Award (2016, 2018) Mayor's Teacher Cabinet Member (2017-2018 School Year)
University of Memphis: Bachelor of Music Education Belmont University: Masters of Education in Nonprofit Leadership
For a decade Willis has educated, mentored, and developed students through the power of music. He currently serves as the music specialist at Andrew Jackson Elementary School (Metro Nashville Public Schools). His choirs have received superior ratings at state and national vocal competitions. Also his students have been featured on the ABC News Special: Teachers Rock alongside country music recording star Carrie Underwood. Mr. Willis has presented music education workshops at state, national, and international conferences. His specialty is embedding musical instruction that will empower and engage all children to achieve at their best.
English Language Arts, Specialty, Arts & Music, Visual Arts, Music, Vocal Music, Instrumental Music, Other (Music), Character Education, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Dance, Martin Luther King Day, Black History Month