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Advising And Encouraging Students Who Want To Pursue A Career In Music Education

Podcast Episode Summary

In this episode, Nick Averwater talks with Dr. Matt Rowan, Director of Bands for the Pearl School District in Pearl, Mississippi, a city of around 27,000 just east of Jackson. In this conversation, Dr. Rowan talks about how he knew early that he wanted to pursue a career in music education, in large part because of the many educators along the way who encouraged him. We'll also learn about ways he now serves as a mentor for leaders in his band program who want to go on to teach music. The conversation was recorded March 2, 2022, and is broken up in to two episodes, and this is part 1.


Podcast Guest

Dr. Matt Rowan

Matt Rowan is currently in his 21st year of teaching and is in his eleventh year at Pearl. He serves as Director of Bands at Pearl High School. Prior to coming to Pearl, Dr. Rowan served in the Oxford School District as Director of Bands and Asst. Director of Bands for nine years. A graduate of Pearl High School, Dr. Rowan received his Bachelor and Masters degree in Music from the University of Mississippi. While earning his degrees, Dr. Rowan participated in the University Band and served that group in several different positions, including Drum Major and Graduate Assistant. Dr. Rowan also received several high honors at the University of Mississippi. These include a receiving a Taylor Medal, which is the highest academic honor given by the University, graduating Summa Cum Laude, and being inducted into Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. He was named Most Outstanding Undergraduate Instrumentalist, Most Outstanding Music Education Student, and Most Outstanding Graduate Instrumentalist during his time at the University.

Dr. Rowan holds a Specialist and Doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from William Carey University and is a certified administrator in the State of Mississippi. He is also currently serving as the Section 3 representative on the National Federation of High Schools Music Committee. Dr. Rowan was named Star Teacher at Pearl High School in 2019.

Dr. Rowan is a member of the Mississippi Bandmasters Association, is serving on the Executive Board of the Delta Chapter of Phi Beta Mu Bandmasters Fraternity, is a Past President of the Mississippi Bandmasters Association, I-55 Band Directors Association and Northeast Mississippi Band Directors Association. Dr. Rowan is the 2006 recipient of the A.E. McLain Outstanding Young Band Directors Award given by the Mississippi Bandmasters Association. In 2007, Dr. Rowan became a National Board Certified Teacher. Dr. Rowan was also fortunate to serve on the staff of the Mississippi Lions All State Band in 2009, 2013, and 2014. In 2014, Dr. Rowan served as the Head Marching Director for the Mississippi Lions All State Band and guided that group to their 30th International Parade Championship at the International Lions Convention in Toronto, Canada. Dr. Rowan’s bands have consistently earned superior ratings on both the state and national level.

Dr. Rowan is married to the lovely Mrs. Amye Rowan. They have three daughters, Emily, Katherine, and Miriam. Dr. Rowan currently resides in Pearl, MS, attends McLaurin Heights Baptist Church, and in his spare time enjoys fishing, playing golf and spending time with his wife, daughters, and dog.

Photo & Biography credit: Pearl Pirate Band


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