Eagle High Band Director Named IMEA Music Educator of the Year
May 22, 2018 – Idaho Music Educators Association (IMEA) named Eagle High School Band Director T.J. Eriksen the 2018 Music Educator of the Year earlier this semester during the group’s 35th-annual inservice conference at University of Idaho.
IMEA District III President David Burton applauded Eriksen’s educational achievements in the award announcement, explaining under his direction, the Eagle High School band program had the prestigious honor of performing at IMEA state conferences in recent years. These celebrated bands have also earned top tier placement in competition, often receiving superior award ratings.
Beyond the recognition the Eagle High band program has garnered, Burton shared, Eriksen places incredible value in expanding his students’ knowledge and frequently invites clinicians and conductors to work with his ensembles.
“Under his direction, the students have made significant growth, not only in numbers but especially in skill and musicianship. He has done a phenomenal job of promoting growth in all elements of the band program,” shared Seth McMullen, Eagle High School director of choirs. “He is a great teacher who cares deeply about his craft and his students. He is a great colleague who takes professional and personal interest in the work of others in-building and in-district.”
Eriksen has served on various committees and boards proliferating music programs in Idaho. He mentors new West Ada School District teachers and volunteers his time working with other area bands.
“He is highly respected by his teaching peers here at Eagle High School, in the Treasure Valley, as well as throughout the state,” Principal Terry Beck boasted. “T.J. has the ability to grow every student academically, reaching their highest potential. He is a collaborative leader, participating in the Professional Learning Community process with all of his peers as a workhorse demonstrating ‘best’ practices or as the leader bringing about positive change for student academic success.”