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Posted December 20, 2012

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Desert Ridge MS Band Director Gets National Recognition

Donna Schmidt has been named one of the 50 music teachers across the country who make a difference by School Band and Orchestra Magazine.

Donna Schmidt, DRMS Band Director

Donna Schmidt, the band director at Desert Ridge Middle School, was recognized recently as one of the 50 music teachers in the nation who make a difference by School Band and Orchestra Magazine.

The article about Ms. Schmidt appears on page 38 of the December issue. It notes that she has been teaching 20 years, 16 of them at Desert Ridge.

She describes her teaching philosophy as striving to teach children to love music and music making. "My emphasis has always been centered on each child in my classroom. How can I best reach him or her? How can I discover a child's unique relationship to music and build upon in? These questions guide my daily instruction," Ms. Schmidt told SBO Magazine.

Ms. Schmidt said she hopes to show students that music is a part of a well-balanced life "and an excellent way to spend their leisure, whether it be listening to music, performing, composing or attending concerts. In short, I want my students to love music."

When asked about her most important lesson learned, Ms. Schmidt said she has learned that middle school students "are the wackiest, weirdest and most wonderful creatures in the universe." She described herself as lucky to be able to teach them every day of her professional life.

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