Meet Your Raider Orchestra Director!

Meet Your Raider Orchestra Director!
Mr. Ben Mitchell

Mr. Ben Mitchell, Director of Orchestras

Q: What instrument do you love playing most?

A: I’ve played the Double Bass for 15 years!

Q: When did you start playing?

A: 11 years old

Q: When did you know you’d make a career of teaching music?

A: I started teaching lessons to middle school students when I was in High School to earn service hours, and it felt so special to me. I also always took leadership and officer positions in my high school orchestra program. When I went to college, I double-majored in Bass Performance and Music Education because I couldn’t decide what to do! Now, I find my joy in educating and leading students to a love of music!

Q: Do you play professionally outside of teaching?

A: Yes! I am the associate principal bassist in the McKinney Philharmonic Orchestra, I also substitute in with many other orchestras around the metroplex.

Q: What do you love about teaching?

A: The “lightbulb” moments, and sharing the joy and humor of every day musical experiences with kids!

Q: What advise do you have for your budding musicians?

A: ”They” say it takes 10,000 hours to master a skill. PRACTICE MATTERS.

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