John Hagon

Professor

"The most exciting thing for me about working in the Music Ed Department is preparing students to be future music teachers, and to be able to contribute to developing their skills and craft. Berklee music education majors walk away with some really strong skills for teaching."

"I'm teaching my first love: conducting. To be able to develop future conductors and their techniques is really very exciting. I'm teaching students to be conductors because part of what they have to do in a school situation is conduct ensembles. This is a different slant. They're actually teaching but they have to have the conducting skills to do it, teach through the medium of performance. They have to develop the conducting skills to be able to communicate with their students. From the beginning of the semester to the end of the semester, it's nice to see students' development."

"I still conduct, and I'm able to bring my professional experience into the classroom and talk about how important the skills and skill development are to being successful in their teaching career."

 

 

Career Highlights

 

  • B.M., University of Wisconsin
  • M.M., Boston University
  • Extensive conducting and performing experience
  • Consultant to Lowell and Plymouth public schools for music curriculum development
  • Conductor of Cape Cod Conservatory of Music Wind Ensemble, and Barnstable and Harwich community bands
  • Former supervisor of vocal and instrumental music in Massachusetts and Wisconsin public schools
  • Former faculty member at Dean Junior College