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New teacher: Bret Hughes

Advanced Placement music theory returns to PCHS

The Park City High School (PCHS) has brought back its Advanced Placement (AP) Music Theory class, and Bret Hughes has been hired to teach it. Hughes will teach a variety of music classes, including percussion ensembles, concert bands and stage technology. As a 2008 graduate of the University of Wyoming with a Bachelors Degree in Music Education, Hughes is entering his first year as a teacher. Last year he student taught at both Jeremy Ranch and PCHS. After student-teaching at the high school, he was offered a full-time teaching position.

Hughes said that the atmosphere, scenery and outdoor activities in Park City motivated him to move here. He added that in the Park City School District (PCSD), "the facilities are wonderful, the administrative and district support is unmatched, and the community involvement and support is out-of-sight."

Due to the nature of the subject he teaches, Hughes described his teaching style as interactive and involved. He said that emotion and energy are required from both the director and performers to produce a quality musical performance. He considers himself as much a student as a teacher because music is a cooperative environment where participants share knowledge and talent with each other.

Notation software, recording equipment, and theatre technology will be used by Hughes to integrate technology into his classes.

Hughes said that he doesn’t anticipate any specific challenges, but he welcomes each challenge as it comes. He believes that, if harnessed correctly, overcoming problems will help him become a better educator and human being.

Hughes said he believes that the greatest asset students in America have are their teachers, because teachers are human beings who can assess needs on an individual basis. He thinks that the education system in America will continue to give students what they need to be successful if teachers continue to dedicate themselves to their position.

Lindsay McClure


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