Colorado Springs Man among Best Music Teachers in the Country

By Kelley, Debbie | The Gazette (Colorado Springs, CO), December 23, 2014 | Go to article overview

Colorado Springs Man among Best Music Teachers in the Country


Kelley, Debbie, The Gazette (Colorado Springs, CO)


It's not a bad life, being a middle school band director, says Michael Mozingo, who has taught at Lewis-Palmer Middle School for more than half of his 34-year-career.

"I get to hang out and work with wonderful students every day," he says. "That's what I do."

Known by students as "Mr. Mo," Mozingo does his job well enough to recently have been selected as one of the best music educators in the nation. He was chosen as one of "50 directors who make a difference," by School Band and Orchestra magazine. This is the 17th annual award cycle for the education journal focusing on instrumental music teachers. Nominations come from readers, who are current and past students, parents, colleagues and peers.

Mozingo said Tuesday the national award is the most widespread recognition he has received for his work.

"I was absolutely surprised," he said. "I do believe my job is not about me. It's about what students are capable of, and I work to make sure the kids have the best opportunities possible that they deserve. It's extremely important to me to see them succeed."

This is Mozingo's 18th year directing the band programs at Lewis- Palmer Middle School in Lewis-Palmer School District 38. He also taught at Lewis-Palmer High School for five years. He had aspired to become a professional trombonist, but along the way, "things changed," and he went into teaching.

His involvement with state-wide industry music groups, such as the Colorado Music Educators Association, and having his bands routinely be selected to perform at conventions and festivals have drawn attention to his work. …

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