Passion for Music Conducts Prof's Career
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Luke Johnson ('03), DMA, assistant professor of music, director of bands and music education
Why I teach:
I teach because I love music, my content area, and I want to share my passion for the art with others. I work with many future teachers as the director of music education, and it’s so rewarding to be able to share my past experiences, successes and failures as they prepare to go out into the teaching field. I also teach because of the example set by my high school band director. I saw his passion for music and his love for his students. Because he loved what he did, we had fun while working hard and achieving. I believe that helped instill in me a love for teaching and working with students.
It never gets old. I’m blessed to be able to teach new curriculum every semester, which keeps the job exciting. Just this last semester, I was able to commission a brand new piece written for the MNU Concert Band by the composer Kevin Walczyk. We were able to have the composer work with the band before the world premiere of this piece. It was an amazing experience!
Johnson is married to Alyssa (Walter) and they have two children, Abby and Max. In high school, the aspiring musician was active in band and associated student government. At the end of his freshman year at MNU he met Alyssa—also a music major. The two were married shortly after graduation, and both found jobs teaching in Dodge City, Kansas. Two years later Johnson accepted a job at Lansing High School teaching band—a position he held for over eight years. After pursuing his doctorate in Wind Conducting at Kansas State University, Johnson accepted an adjunct position at MNU, eventually joining the faculty full-time in the fall of 2014. Johnson and his family enjoy being active in church, traveling, visiting relatives, and participating in mission trips.