October 18, 2020
Faculty Spotlight: Melanie Marr
In addition to serving as the vocal director for the musicals, this year Melanie is teaching several music classes and accompanying for Concert Choir, Women’s Chorale, and Men’s Ensemble.
What motivated you to become a teacher?
One of my favorite things that I’ve done throughout my career in music is coaching and playing for college students. I’d never worked with high schoolers before starting here at Wheaton Academy as a music director in the musicals a few years ago, and I had no idea how much I would enjoy it. I love the relationships I get to build with students and the community that I get to be a part of in making music with them. This year in the classroom, I get to share the beauty and complexity of music that mirrors who God is. It’s so fun!
What are your favorite moments with students?
I love seeing students look back with pride at the progress they have made. Music is such a vulnerable expression of who we are. Helping to equip students with tools to grow in their abilities and confidence—seeing them take each step in those areas—is one of my favorite parts.
What is the most important life lesson you want your students to learn in your class?
I want my students to learn that music, at any level, can add so much depth and beauty to your life. Music can help us know, see, and connect with our Creator in a more wholistic way, as well as give us an opportunity to create and give Him glory.
Why are you passionate about the subject(s) that you teach?
I am passionate about music because it is both beauty and passion while also logic and order. It is something students can work on independently and also as a group. It taps into something intangible that connects us all, as well as giving us concrete accomplishments where we can see our own growth. I am passionate about music because it is a tool for us all to connect to God, process and feel, and then turn and bless others.
What advice do you have for parents considering Christian education?
As a parent, I am thankful to know that the teachers at Wheaton Academy teachers will love my child and are willing to spend the time and energy to know them and show them who Jesus is.