Phone: 919-894-4226 ext. 3455
Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelors of Music In Music Education Masters of Music
Mr. Kevin R. Kaufman
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.
Welcome Back Students and Parents!!!! Let's have a great Musical Year!!!
Lunch on 12/17 will be chicken nuggets, chicken pastry, or turkey and cheese sandwich. Corn and baked potato, and pinapple tidbits will also be served. Lunch on 12/18 will be tornados, chicken fajita, or cheese bread sticks. Black beans, broccoli and cheese, and apples will also be served.
Our Kindergarten classes will have their Thanksgiving Program in the gym at 1:00 on Friday, November 16th. We hope to see many parents in attendance. Our students and their teachers work very hard preparing for this event. This is always a cute performance. :)
The week of Oct. 21st is Red Ribbon Week, which is a special week celebrated each year during the last full week of October. The purpose of Red Ribbon Week is to bring awareness to the dangers of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs, and to encourage good decisions and healthy lifestyles. Help show your support for awareness to the dangers of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs: Tuesday, October 23: Wear Red Thursday, October 25: Put a Cap on Drugs (Wear caps/hats)