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Grammys Indicate JISD Impact in Music

Education (continued)

It didn’t take much more than that.

“It was always the kids you wouldn’t expect who

would take to the program. There was a kid who was

a thrash metal guitar player in his garage all the time,

and an African American kid with dreadlocks, you’d

see them and you’d never expect them to whip out a

Les Paul and go to town. But get them involved in

the blues program and they’d take it from there,”

Gluckian said.

Anderson sees a similar drive in her students once

they really connect with the music.

“I really want people to know that the success of this

program isn’t just me,”

Anderson said. “It’s so

rare for a marimba stu-

dent not to attend a per-

formance. They will

come sick as a dog, but

they will perform. One

year for the Jingle Bell

Jamboree, it was cold and

rainy and we performed

first thing in the morning.

I thought not many would

show up, but by the time

we started the place was

packed all around with

performers and parents.”

Ultimately, both teach-

ers agree that while the

nomination is nice, the

real satisfaction from

their work comes from

what the music means to their students.

“At my school, it’s nothing but the lower income

bracket. Some of these kids have never been out of

east Austin, never crossed I-35, never seen the Capi-

tol which is right down the street,” Gluckian said.

“Most have bad upbringings, bad households, and I

sit and think this is what they have at home, this is

their drive. It happens so often you get desensitized a

little. I can’t control what goes on in their house. But

I can control what goes on in the band hall.”

Meanwhile, Anderson says, she plans to continue

structuring her program around marimbas and Afri-

can musical instruments, exposing students to new

influences and sounds.

“I feel that I’m taking ordinary students and doing

extraordinary things with

them,” Anderson said.

“And I think teachers

who put up a good pro-

gram, who make the dis-

trict proud — the district

is doing what they can to

make them successful.

That applies to any sub-

ject where people are

passionate about doing a good job.”

**BREAKING NEWS -

As of the publication of

the Judson Journal, Bonnie Anderson found out that

she has made it to the FINALS of the Grammy’s Mu-

sic Educator Award. Good Luck Bonnie!! The over-

all winner will be an-

nounced at the Grammy

Awards in February.

Gluckian working with his

marching band students

Anderson working with some of her youngest

students

Watch Anderson in Action