Mr. David Batchelder
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UPDATED 30 MAR 2022
CURRENT CLASS INFORMATION-
MUSIC APPRECIATION (HS Only)
Unit 1 Intro- Music, Culture and History
Unit 2- Elements of Music Part 1 Powerpoint
Unit 2- Elements of Music Part 2 Powerpoint- Performing Media/Voices and Instruments
UNIT 2 Handouts
TEST on UNITS 1-2- Monday 4 April
MUSIC 6- 3
We are learning about leadership and working together as musicians. We have been learning about conductors and composers. Right now we are learning about Beethoven, and will be watching the film Beethoven Lives Upstairs. Next we will be learning about Mozart.
American History 7-3
TOPIC 8- The Civil War
We are currently studying the people and events that led to the American Civil War. We will be investigating some artifacts in the coming weeks. Students will have a research project and paper to write this trimester. Details will be coming out in the next couple of weeks.
We watch a variety of videos for this class, including short instructional videos from YouTube. We rely heavily on Ken Burns' award-winning PBS documentary The Civil War.
Grade 6 Music- 1/2 of the year
7th Grade MS American History- ALL YEAR!!!
9th Grade HS Music Appreciation 3rd Trimester ONLY
OFFICE HOURS BY APPOINTMENT
CONTACT ME AT email@example.com to make an appointment. I am generally available during study halls, but I can also be available before or after school by appointment.
Head Track and Field Coach
Choir Director- Patriot Voices Grades 6-12
Rock Band Director
Theatre Tech Director, Vocal and Acting Coach
FIRST Robotics Team 2449 School Liaison/Mentor
Born in Minnesota, I am fortunate to have been educated in an excellent public school system. In high school I lettered in hockey, played French horn and tuba in band and orchestra, drum major in marching band (DRUMLINE), sang in choir, and acted and danced in theater. Originally a scholarship music major in college, I switched majors and colleges a few times (from Music to English History to Composition to Education) before graduating with a B.S. in Elementary Education and Special Education from Minnesota State University at Mankato. For almost 20 years I worked with and for people with disabilities in a wide range of settings and capacities; in direct care, administration and as a professional advocate and lobbyist. I have also worked as a professional musician, maintenance man, landscaper, waiter, public and motivational speaker, consultant, expert witness, and trainer.
A lifelong idealist, I was attracted to the open field of charter schools, and the challenging goal of developing a unique school for committed students was exciting. I will state, now 23 years after my brother Steve and I started the development and execution of this 'project', that I am so honored and humbled to be a part of James Madison Preparatory School. One of the best things about teaching is that every day, every class, and every student is different. I enthusiastically enjoy surprises, and there are so many great surprises, in and out of the classroom, EVERY SINGLE DAY!
The courses I teach at Madison Prep are 7th Grade American History; 9th grade World Religions, Music Appreciation, and American Government, and 6th grade Music.
I am fortunate for the many opportunities outside the classroom at JMPS, I enjoy my roles as the Patriot Voices choir director (grades 6-12) and Drumline director, head coach for Track and Field, choral/vocal/acting coach and tech director for the JMPS theater program, as well as a few other hats that I wear.
I am the proud father of three adults (2 daughters, 1 son), and grandfather of The Chieftain, my first grandchild. Outside of school I enjoy playing and listening to music (I'm always in a few music projects, including my classic rock band The Blind Owlz), concerts, walking my dog, hiking, camping, travel, reading, writing, shooting, and table tennis.