Phone: 919-894-4226 ext. 3455
Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelors of Music In Music Education Masters of Music
Mr. Kevin R. Kaufman
Parents and Students. Please be safe during this time of Change in our lives. Be Strong, Safe and Stay Positive. We Will Get Through This Together. Meadow Strong.
Kevin Kaufman began his musical career at an early age when his parents started him on the piano. When he was in elementary school, he was introduced to band and began playing the clarinet. Upon graduating from Northeastern High School in Elizabeth City, NC, he attended East Carolina University, in Greenville, NC.
At East Carolina, he studied music education and clarinet with Ms. Deborah Chodacki. He graduated with a Bachelors of Music in Education in December of 1986. After graduation, Mr. Kaufman traveled to New York State to study at Ithaca College to attain a Masters of Music in Clarinet Performance and studied clarinet with Dr. Michael Galvan and Robert Schmidt. During his time at Ithaca College, he chose to leave college and join the band program in the United States Marine Corps.
While in the band program of the Marine Corps, he traveled and performed at many venues throughout the United States, Bermuda and Japan. Throughout these travels, he performed for and met many dignitaries, Presidents and movie stars that have enlightened his career. Some of the most interesting people that Mr. Kaufman met are Bob Hope, Chuck Norris, President Ronald Reagan, Merv Griffin, Bradford Marsalis and Jay Leno, Mel Tormé, and the Astronauts of the Apollo 11 Capsule.
During his time in the Marine Corps, his first duty station was the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego, CA. As he served in San Diego, he took auditions to continue his education in order to attain a Masters of Music in Clarinet Performance at San Diego State University, where he studied clarinet with Dr. Marion Liebowitz. Within this time he also had the opportunity to advance his musical abilities through studying clarinet with both Cheryl and Frank Renk, the Principal clarinetists of the San Diego Symphony and San Francisco Symphony, respectively.
As he began his last year at SDSU, Mr. Kaufman was sent to Okinawa, Japan to serve with the III Marine Expeditionary Force Band; during this year in Japan, he traveled across the island of Okinawa, Guam and mainland Japan performing with the III MEF band. He also had the opportunity to solo with the group and performed Carl Maria von Weber’s Concertino for clarinet and band.
Upon leaving Okinawa, Japan to return to the United States, he was transferred back to San Diego, CA and resumed his studies at SDSU. While attending San Diego State he performed in many organizations with SDSU and the surrounding community, including the SDSU Symphonic Orchestra and San Diego Youth Symphony where he performed as the principal clarinetist. He graduated from SDSU in May of 1994.
He served as the principal clarinetist for the Barton College/Wilson Symphony, the Jim and Joan Hemby Endowed Clarinet Chair, for the period of fifteen years. He has also been a concert soloist with the symphony and guest artist at the University of Mount Olive. As a dedicated music educator, he has extended his education by studying music education at Boston University.
Currently, Mr. Kaufman is the Director of Bands and Music Specialist for K-5 grades at Meadow Elementary School in Benson, NC. In addition, he has taught as an Adjunct Music Professor to the Department of Music at Mount Olive College where he taught private instrumental music lessons and instrumental music classes to the education majors. Mr. Kaufman is retired from military service, USMC and the NCARNG, after serving the country proudly for twenty years.
I am excited about working with the core tachers in the middle shcool and integrating the music lessons together with them to show the students the relationship, and relevancce of the of the subject content. I believe this will both enhance and broaden the minds of the students to bridge the gap and connection between core and elective clases.
Students and Parents!!!! Please Be Safe during this time of Change in our lives. Be Strong and continue to be Positive. We Will Get Through this Together.
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High school courses taken in middle school will follow the grading presented for high school students. Students will have a choice of PC19 or a numeric grade for the Spring semester grade. Students enrolled in these courses should complete the form to decide their grade.
The Food Bank of NC will be providing food at our school at 12:00 on Tuesday, April 21st. Beginning April 27th, we will resume curbside pick up at our school on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Each meal container will include one hot lunch, one prepackaged lunch, and two breakfast items.
Parents and Guardians As a means of supporting our families with using Lexia Reading at Home, an important tool our students use to help increase their reading capacity, the company is offering “FREE” webinars just for parents and guardians who are at home helping to fill in the gaps during times. In these webinars, Professional Learning Facilitators will instruct families of K-8 learners on how to: Get set up and started (your student should already have an account). Support children's learning at home. Track progress and extend learning.
We realize that some of you may not have internet and/or devices or may prefer paper copies, so we will be preparing instructional packets for our students. Families can pick up the packets on Friday, March 27th at 11:30am by the back of the cafeteria.
Attention parents of 4-year-olds: Are you interested in your child attending a free preschool program? The NC PreK program is designed to provide 4-year-old children with positive early learning experiences that support their development and prepare them for Kindergarten.
High school students and middle school students enrolled in high school courses will be given an option on how their grade appears on their transcript. Students should complete the form for their school to make their choice.
JCPS high schools will host “modified” traditional graduation ceremonies between Wednesday, July 29, 2020 - Saturday, August 1, 2020. Schools will communicate about specific graduation dates and ceremony times as we get closer to see what restrictions may limit our attendance participation.