About Johnston...
Subject / Grade 9-12 Instrumental Music (Band & Guitar)
Room: D-105
Phone: 480-224-2280
Email: Johnston
"The passion for stretching yourself and sticking to it, even (or especially) when it's not going well, is the hallmark of the growth mindset. This is the mindset that allows people to thrive during some of the most challenging times in their lives."
-- Carol S. Dweck

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Welcome to Mr. J's musicing homepage... where to music is to take part, in any capacity, in a musical performance, whether by performing, by listening, by rehearsing or practicing, by providing material for performance (what is called composing), or by dancing (Christopher Small). Everyone can be, can do, and can think...

My Education and Professional Background

Mr. Nathan Johnston is in his second year as the Director of Bands at Basha High School. He was previously the Director of Bands at McClintock High School in Tempe, AZ. Mr. Johnston has a B.M. in Music Education from Arizona State University (AZ), M.Ed. in Instrumental Music from Auburn University (AL), and has completed his coursework towards a PhD in Music Education from Arizona State University (anticipated completion in Fall, 2016). In addition to BHS, Mr. Johnston is also a guest clinician and adjudicator for both AMEA and ABODA solo, ensemble, concert, and marching festivals. He was an adjunct Faculty member for the MCC Music Department, teaching both performance and education oriented courses. Mr. Johnston continues as a conductor for the PYS, an organization including two different wind ensembles and international tours through Canada and Germany.

My Educational Philosophy

I do not teach music to students, I teach students through music. I believe each musician should have the opportunity to experience a deeply aesthetic response to musical creation. This response, while very personal, allows ensemble members to share and encourage emotional investment and participation with audience members, contributing to the community experience. My approach to the classroom and podium is directed towards exploring these potential responses and participations.

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