by: Kat Du Bois
I sat down with Mr. Will Hamm, the choir teacher at Foley high School, to talk about what drew him to teaching chorus courses at Foley High.
Did you always want to be a choir teacher?
“I did not. In high school, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do. I was a good student, and I loved music. My high school choir teacher inspired me to do what I do today. She was instrumental in helping me decide on a college and on a major in vocal music education.”
What is your favorite thing about teaching choir?
“Vocal music is a passion of mine. My favorite moments as a teacher are when I see that spark of passion develop in my students. I also enjoy seeing joy in my students’ faces after a great performance. My goal is to help them achieve things in music they never thought they could.”
Why should someone who is interested in choir sign up for chorus classes next year?
“Learning to sing, and sing well, is a lifelong skill. Not only will students in choir learn how to improve their voice and music literacy skills, but also students will create memories in choir- whether on trips, in class with friends, and in performances- that they will carry for the rest of their lives.”