Music Is Life: 89-Year-Old Retired Choral Teacher & Army Band Veteran | Teachers' Lounge Podcast

Nov 29, 2019

This week, a really special episode we've been excited about for a while. It’s a conversation with Dick Hart. He’s an 89-year-old retired choral teacher at Downers Grove North High School. He also played trombone in the Army band when he served during Korean War. Dick talked to Peter about all of that, his motto "music is life" and so much more.

Also on the show, a trip to the STEAM Academy at Haskell Elementary in Rockford to see how they jumped from being a lowest-performing school to a "commendable" one in just a year.

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SHOW NOTES

Educator(s) in this episode:

Dick Hart

Listen/read more about the topics covered:

STEAM Powers Rockford Elementary School Rise Out Of 'Lowest-Performing' Rating

No Endorsement Money Yet For Illinois Student Athletes

DeKalb School Board Split On ‘Welcoming Resolution’ To Undocumented Families

Music:

Our show's theme music is from the northern Illinois-based band "Kindoves" and their songs "Popin," "Origins" and "Quiche." You can find more of their music on their Soundcloud page. You can also listen to the episode of WNIJ's own "Sessions from Studio A" where they were featured.

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