Newsmaker: Dennis Emert
Noteworthy: Emert was elected president of the 5,000-member Pennsylvania Music Educators Association. In addition to working with music educators in Pennsylvania and across the country, Emert will work closely with state lawmakers as an advocate for music education.
Occupation: Emert began working for the Fox Chapel Area School District in 2000 as the high school band director, a post he held for seven years. Now, he is the band director at Kerr and Fairview elementary schools. Before joining Fox Chapel, Emert taught music in several school districts. He runs a private French horn studio and has been a member of the Johnstown Symphony for 27 years. He is active with the Butler Symphony, plays principal horn for the Yankee Brass Band in New England and plays solo horn with the Great Rocky Western Brass Band in Silverton, Colo.
Education: Emert received a bachelor of science degree in 1985 from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He earned a master's degree in music education at the university in 1989.
Quote: "Despite the uncertainties about what's happening in education, I'm very excited about serving the organization in this way. Music stimulates the brain, and children who study music tend to do better in school. Many employers also like to hire musicians because things such as playing in an ensemble teaches them teamwork."
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