Mr. Brian Hoover, GENERAL MUSIC/PERFORMING ART
I began teaching music at CFI in August 2000, fresh off the heels of a 3-week trip to Ghana to study African music and dance. I became interested in learning about music from other cultures while a student at the IU School of Music, where I graduated with a Bachelor of Music Education in 1997. I began teaching in IPS in 1998, with the purpose of aiding student understanding of the world and their place in it through facilitating hands-on, interactive musical experiences. To this end, I achieved Orff Certification in 2008, taught in Honduras on HETO Mission Trip in 2009, and continue to seek out professional development as a lifelong learner. In my time at CFI, I have led the CFI Band program (1998-2011) and many different extra-curricular musical ensembles (CFI Folk Dance Ensemble, CFI Guitar Club, CFI African Drumming Ensemble). I currently lead the CFI Ukulele Ensemble and the CFI Choir, in addition to teaching General Music (K-5) and World Music (6-8). In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my wife, Tanya, and playing music with friends. I believe that community music-making plays an important part in building a better, more peaceful world. My greatest wish for our students is that they would take what they learn at CFI and share it with those they meet in their travels, leading them and others to better global understanding.