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Thursday, September 03, 2009

Teacher...Stepping Stone to Rock Star?

It appears that one way to become a rock star is to spend some time in the classroom honing your skills. I think teachers are rock stars anyway (several changed my life and provided inspiration without evening knowing it)...but here are a few teachers who become real rock stars (they sold out.)

Did you know that Gene Simmons taught sixth grade in Harlem before he became the world's most famous bass-playing demon.

Or that Sting taught English, music, and soccer at St. Catherine's Convent School.

Or that Art Garfunkel taught math at the Litchfield Preparatory School in Connecticut when "Bridge Over Troubled Water" soared to the top of the charts.

Check out other famous people who gave up teaching life for other careers.

This just shows the creativity, enthusiasm and "out side of the box" thinking that many teachers have. Check out School House Rock, School of Rock where I discuss the virtues of learning to play music and creativity in a school setting. Teachers are a great resource and need to be treated as such. We should all keep this in mind as out kids head back to school.


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Nancy said...

Not sure if you ever taught my hubby, Dave, because he was in the Ed track. He's a 6th grade teacher so I passed this post onto him. Very interesting about Gene Simmons!

Ethan said...

I'm a learning professional AND a professional musician. I always marvel at how learning techniques and instructional design strategies can translate into writing, creating and performing music. I do believe they go hand in hand.