Millcreek Junior High band instructor receives Music Educator of the Year award

Monday , February 13, 2017 - 5:30 AM2 comments

ANNA BURLESON, Standard-Examiner Staff

BOUNTIFUL — Millcreek Junior High School band instructor Chad King has been named Outstanding Music Educator of the Year.

The award, given by the Utah Music Educators Association on Friday, Feb. 3, honors longtime music teachers with successful programs who mentor and are involved in their community.

King has been teaching at Millcreek for 25 years and said being nominated for and receiving the award was humbling and validating.

"I absolutely love what I do,” he said. “It’s just like I tell the kids, I get giddy. I wake up in the middle of the night and look at my alarm waiting for it to go off because I can't wait to go to school again.”

King said he has had several students go on to play music in college or become music teachers.

“There's nothing I'd rather do than work with the students and see them learn and progress,” he said.

King earned a bachelor's degree in music education from Brigham Young University in 1992 and a master's degree in education at Utah State University in 1997. He teaches about 300 students at Millcreek.

King was also a recipient of a 2016 Sorenson Legacy Award for Excellence in Arts Education from the Utah State Office of Education.

The UMEA is open to educators in pre-K through college and is affiliated with the National Association for Music Education.

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