Position: Band Director
School: DeKalb School of the Arts
School District: DeKalb County School District
City, State: Avondale Estates, GA
Music that Describes Anthony
Anthony Moore was nominated by his colleague, Anna Dunn.
Mr. Moore’s students say one of their favorite things about him is that as a band director, he listens to their ideas and gives them the opportunity and support to try them out. From premiering new musical works composed by students to allowing the students to conduct the performances, he encourages artistic freedom while fostering fundamental skills. He meets with his mentees weekly to help them with career goals, inspires student section leaders to help with rehearsals, and lets the students have input on the repertoire chosen. As students come up with new ideas for a flute choir, brass choir, or sax quartet, he helps them find music, rehearse, and perform. One of his jazz combo students says that “If we have a cool idea, he listens and figures out how make it possible."
In the challenging, competitive field of music, Mr. Moore finds ways to support his students through triumphs and struggles. Students acknowledge that he must make hard decisions, but they recognize his fairness.
“He is a good listener who is never mean," said a student. Even when he has to make tough decisions, he understands the disappointments that students experience. We feel comfortable asking for feedback and constructive criticism.”
Regardless of skill level, he finds a place and purpose for everyone to let their talents shine, even if that means breaking with tradition of first chair solos. Student growth and development means more.
Mr. Moore and his students are active performers in the community, touring at local festivals, schools, and other businesses and organizations. They play a wide variety of jazz styles, educate audiences, and increase access to the arts and live music. Mr. Moore also makes sure that students have the opportunity to work with guest artists and professionals currently working in the field. This community involvement serves to inspire students and make the curriculum relevant while also spreading the joy of live music to audiences outside of his school.
Mr. Moore’s passion for music is evident in the students and audiences he inspires.