Phone: (432) 686-0003, ext. 246
Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelor of Arts Humanities EC-12 Music Certification
Mr. Derek S. Wooten
♫ ♪ WELCOME to Music in 2021-2022!
I am so excited to see all your smiling faces this year. I am also happy that the doors will be open for everyone. This year’s music class will include some exciting lessons including our traditional music vocabulary, music games, and our fun Yodeling Unit (that was very popular last school year with my younger students). In the 4th and 5th grades this year in music we will be learning how to sing with confidence. “Sing/Song” is such an exciting program that will be shared with everyone through performances this year.
I am very excited to bring back the Orchestra class this year for our Middle School students. Learning to read music and perform that music is an amazing skill to develop. I enjoy the beginning, the middle, and the end results of this process. The orchestra class will be performing two concerts this year (dates to be announced later); and I know everyone will enjoy the music selections that I have chosen.
♫ ♪ About Me!
Before I began teaching, I served in the U.S. Navy from 1988 to 1996 as an Operations Specialist. I worked at CBS 7 in Odessa as a part of the television production team and at FOX Sports Network in Houston as a master control operator. I attended UTPB studying music. I performed for many years on the double bass in the UTPB Symphony Orchestra under Dr. Hohstadt. I also played the euphonium in the UTPB Spirit Band under Dr. Keast. I graduated from UTPB in May of 2010 and began my teaching career. I am starting my 12th year here at Midland Academy. It is hard to believe that I have shared my love of music with everyone here at Midland Academy for this long. Time seemed to fly by so quickly. I have been married to my beautiful wife, Stephanie, for 12 years. We like to camp, and have camped at many of the state parks that Texas has to offer. We have four cats and one chihuahua (our fur-babies).
♫ ♪ Class Expectations!
We will be following the guidelines set forth by Midland Academy and “Capturing Kids’ Hearts.” This means that everyone in the music classroom will treat each other with respect, we will do our best to learn the lessons for the day, and we will always participate and be successful. I want everyone to become a “Star” and live by a positive example.
♫ ♪ Contact Information and Schedule!
email@example.com 8:45 - 9:30 am Kinder 12:55 - 1:40pm 4th Grade
(432) 686-0003, ext. 246 9:35 - 10:20am 1st Grade 1:45 - 2:30pm 5th Grade
Conference TIme: Mon-Fri 10:25 - 11:10am 2nd Grade 2:40 - 3:25pm Orchestra
*8:00am to 8:40am 11:15am - 12:00pm 3rd Grade 3:30pm Dismissal
*If you need to get in touch with me outside of my conference time, please use Class Dojo.
“It is the special province of music to move the heart.”
-- Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
♫ ♪ My Favorites!
Music: All Types
Classroom Theme: M & Ms
"So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."
Isaiah 41:10 (NIV)