Sterling, Va. (January 31, 2015) – James Madison University’s School of Music recently honored John Mills, the band teacher at River Bend Middle School, with its Outstanding Early Music Educator Award.
This award goes to a JMU music education graduate with three to five years of teaching experience.
Criteria for the award include:
- Effective, comprehensive, innovative teaching;
- Service to, and emerging leadership in, the profession of music education;
- Continuing relationship with, and support of, the music education program at JMU.
The award citation notes that Mills has collaborated with the JMU faculty on research and has presented for two years at the Virginia Music Educators Association (VEMA) on his innovative teaching of composition at the middle school level.
This is the third year Mills has been a teacher at River Bend. He teaches the Band 6, 7 and 8 classes that make up the Gold and Purple beginning bands; Intermediate Band; Advanced Band; and the Jazz and Chamber music ensembles. Mills also is the camp director for the Potomac Falls Summer Band Academy.