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TEACHER TUESDAY: KAREN RUGG-KLAPHEKE

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In honor of the 2020 Choir and Orchestra Christmas Concert taking place tonight and airing live on WC’s YouTube channel (make sure to catch it at 7pm!), this Tuesday’s “teacher feature” is Karen Rugg-Klapheke. She has taught at WC since 2002 and currently serves as the Performing Arts Department Chair and as the Vocal Music Teacher for grades 9-12, leading and directing WC’s choir groups.

How would you describe your teaching style? “My teaching style is high energy and high expectations! Rehearsal begins at the bell and goes full speed until the ending bell. We sing every day and we work on music reading skills every day. Along the way, we share personal stories and build relationships. I strive to expose the students to many genres of music and a variety of singing styles.”

What is the most challenging aspect of your role?
“The most challenging part of my job as the choir director is keeping all students engaged at all times. Students do not audition to be in choir and we include grades 9-12, so there is a wide range of ability and interest.”

What is the most rewarding aspect of your role?
“The most rewarding part of my job is watching the students grow in their love of music and choral singing, building relationships, and making life-long memories!”

How do you incorporate faith and learning in your classroom?
“It is easy to incorporate faith into our class. God created us with music as a universal language and He created us to worship Him through this music. A song does not have to have religious text to worship God through it. Music binds hearts to God and to each other.”

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