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John Benzer

Lecturer in Music Education

John Benzer teaches undergraduate woodwind instrument pedagogy classes and band director methods classes, and assists the performing ensembles. Through the music education department, he is the Student Teacher Coordinator and is very active in providing beginning teacher job placement in school districts throughout Texas. He was the camp coordinator of the Cougar Summer Band Camp from 2001 to 2009, and currently provides conceptual instrumental pedagogy information through Mr. Benzer is co-author of Essential Musicianship-Ensemble Concepts, a published band method consisting of three textbooks which are on the Texas state-adopted textbook list. In 2014, Mr. Benzer was pleased to have been chosen by Hal Leonard Corporation to serve as a Hal Leonard Textbook Consultant. During his ten years as Director of Bands, the Griffin Middle School Symphonic Band was twice named the Texas Class CC Middle School Honor Band, in 1993 and 1997. In 1997, the Griffin Middle School Band Program was awarded the Sudler Silver Cup, the most prestigious international award to recognize junior high and middle school band programs of outstanding musical excellence. At the 1995 Texas Bandmasters Association Convention in San Antonio, Mr. Benzer was named the 1995 "Texas Young Bandmaster of the Year." He was inducted as a member of Phi Beta Mu in February of 2001, and was honored as the Distinguished Alumnus in Music Education through the UH Moores School of Music in 2012.