Phone: 919-894-4226 ext. 3455
Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelors of Music In Music Education Masters of Music
Mr. Kevin R. Kaufman
Welcome back Parents and Students.
We look forward to seeing at Orientation and in the classroom this fall semester. Please be safe during this time of Change in our lives. Be Strong, Safe and Stay Positive.
Please look at the Parent Communicatio to see the schedules for Music and Band Classes for this year.
Meadow School: "Together We Win."
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.
WHERE BAND STUDENTS "STRIVE FOR EXCELLENCE"
"Relationships as a Bridge to Learning"
Come try out! All Spring Sports tryouts begin Monday April 12th after school. Try-outs will run from 4pm to 5:30pm to 6:00pm depending on the coach and the sport. All sports are open to 6th - 8th graders. To be eligible students must have passed 3 out of 4 core classes in the Fall semester. Students also must have a current sports physical. Any sports physical dated after March 1, 2019 is accepted this year. If they have never played a sport then they need to get a physical over the next two weeks. Physical forms are available on the Johnston county web site under athletics.
There will be a parent information night for our Spanish speaking families on February 10th from 5:50 to 7:00. This will be held virtually through a Google Meet: www.meped.com/ Information will be shared about Powerschool, Class Remind, DoJo, etc., Classlink, school social media pages, Free/Reduced Lunch Applications, Covid, and the new website that has county level Connect Ed messages in Spanish.
The Johnston County Board of Education members will hold a Retreat on Saturday, April 17 as authorized through North Carolina General Statutes. Open Session will begin at 8:30 a.m. at Facility Services Town Hall located at 601 West Market Street in Smithfield. To comply with the governor’s executive order, a limited number of seats will be available to the public. These seats will be granted on a first come, first served basis.
Johnston County Public Schools will hold a Virtual Job Fair on Wednesday, April 21. The event will be held in a Zoom Conference format from 2:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m. Candidates will have the opportunity to meet with various school principals about career opportunities in each of the district’s 47 schools.
The online application for the Johnston County Public Schools Preschool Program is now available. Parents who are interested in the JCPS Preschool Program are encouraged to apply early, as availability is on a first come, first served basis. The application window closes on June 30th.
Johnston County Public Schools has updated its plan to mark senior milestones, including prom and graduation while adhering to guidance from the Johnston County Public Health Department and the CDC in regards to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.