Posted at 4 p.m., Nov. 19, 2015

New music instructors make big plans for program

Kean, Bauer plan to improve recruitment, make transfering easier

Shari Johnson

Voice of an angle:

Kean conducts the choir

 

LCCC’s two new music instructors­—Beth Kean and Erin Bauer—have plans to change and improve the Golden Eagles’ music program.

Kean will take charge as the vocal music instructor while Bauer will serve as the instrumental music instructor. Both Kean and Bauer said they hope to expand and strengthen the program during their time here.

“We’re really trying to grow the (music) program at this point, so we’re changing a lot of the program requirements and course sequences,” Bauer said. “We’re trying to articulate a little bit better with UW and some of the other surrounding universities, so that people can transfer a little bit easily from one program to the next. Our main goal is to recruit students, grow our ensemble, and grow our program and strengthen it.” Bauer, who holds a PhD in musicology from Claremont Graduate University, taught music at Mount San Antonia College in Walnut, California, as well as at Western Nebraska Community College in Scottsbluff, Nebraska, before joining the Golden Eagles.

Kean taught music for Laramie County School District One for 11 years before coming to the college to be a vocal music instructor.

“I am enjoying being able to grow the program and realizing all of the potential that exists on our campus and beyond,” Kean said. “I have also been impressed with the faculty and staff that I get to work with every day.” Kean received a bachelors in music from St. Olaf University with a focus in piano and a secondary focus in voice as well as a masters of music education from Colorado State University.

In addition to strengthening the vocal and instrumental music programs, Bauer and Kean are looking to expand the music program. “I would like to see the program grow and become a larger part of our community,” said Kean.

“I would love to have more non-majors joining our choir and instrumental ensembles in the future.”

Kean said she and Bauer also plan to start an orchestra.

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