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Kyle Hopkins M.M.

Kyle Hopkins

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EDUCATION
B.A. University of Kansas
B.M.E. Washburn University
M.M. Kansas State University

Kyle Hopkins is an Associate Professor of Music, Director of Bands and Music Department Chair at McPherson College. In his short time at McPherson College, the band program has experienced unprecedented growth and success, including being selected to perform at the 2018 and 2020 Kansas Music Educators Association State Convention. Kyle holds degrees from the University of Kansas, Washburn University and Kansas State University. Prior to returning to college to obtain his first music education degree, he did graduate work at the University of Kansas and the Gornyi Institute (Leningrad, U.S.S.R.) in Russian language and culture. He also worked for seven years as a Disability Examiner for the State of Kansas specializing in childhood disabilities. Before accepting his position at McPherson College, he was Director of Bands in the McPherson public schools for 12 years and before that he taught in Topeka and Shawnee Mission. Kyle has been a board member of the South Central Kansas Music Educators Association and has served as the district’s Jazz Chair. He is the recipient of McPherson College’s 2015 Non-Tenured Faculty Teaching Award. And in 2011, he was voted USD 418’s “Teacher of the Year” by its faculty and staff.

In addition to being a sought-after clinician and adjudicator, Kyle has performed French horn with a wide range of groups such as Manheim Steamroller, Celtic Women, the Topeka Symphony and the Kansas City Philharmonia. Currently he performs regularly with the Salina Symphony as principal horn and the Wichita Grand Opera and Wichita Symphony Orchestra as substitute horn. He has performed and/or conducted in 38 states as well as in Austria, the Czech Republic, England, France, Germany, Poland and Switzerland. Kyle and his wife Christi have two sons; Isaac, who is a professional trumpet player and teacher in Michigan where he lives with his wife Meredith who is a professional violin teacher; and Ben, a tuba performance major at the University of Denver.

TEACHING PHILOSOPHY
“Throughout history, whenever humans have been faced with the ultimate questions of life and existence, they have relied upon music in their search for meaning. So I am passionate about teaching music and strive to pass on my love of music to my students. I have high expectations for my students to succeed at whatever their individual skill level is. I want them to experience music at its best so they can experience life at its best.”

 

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