is the chorus director at Martinez Middle School. JEFF BERLINICKE
Chad DeLoach is the chorus director at Martinez Middle School.
Nearly 60 percent of its enrollment participates under the teaching and instruction of Chad DeLoach
, chorus; Chris Johns, band; and Karen Bishop, orchestra and guitar.
The kids have music they like but they are interested in learning more about reading music and how it works, said DeLoach, who has two degrees in music from Florida State University and also teaches the Martinez musical theater program.
Only about 30 other schools in the state had more than 30 percent enrolled in music class, so this is special.
Deciding which choral music isnt always easy.
, who said he
listens to a little bit of everything except rap music, said its a difficult situation.
wants the students to be entertained, but also to learn about the intricacies of music.
Its a huge chore and its something I have to grapple with, DeLoach
They have to learn the text of the music.
The students can learn a lot more about the music if they listen to it and know how to read it.
Especially if it is something they arent used to listening to.
DeLoach doesnt refer to his
choral music as music, but instead as literature.
Famous composers such as Bach, Mozart, and Beethoven are known for their music, but DeLoach
said almost of the great classical musicians put words to their music, mostly based on a religious theme.
has a great deal of respect for the classical composers who wrote without the benefit of sitting in a recording studio.
said, came from the mind and was put on to paper there were no mixers and producers.
Thats what he
is trying to get across to his
also said he
is blessed to work at a school like Martinez with such a strong emphasis on music.
I really care about the fact that the administration lets me do my job and lets me use the literature that I want, DeLoach
If there is sheet music and the work can be translated into something with harmonies, DeLoach
is all ears.
and the rest of the music faculty at Martinez are happy to expose the students to something that isnt blasting away on their iPods.
The kids find that they like it, DeLoach
Its a whole new experience for them.