Michael S. Bell has taught 36
years, guiding students from elementary to doctoral level in both public and
private schools. He taught in South
Carolina, Florida, and Ohio before moving back to Georgia 19 years ago. This is his 17th year at DeKalb
School of the Arts, which won a Grammy in the Schools in 2007.
Mike earned his Bachelor of Music
Degree (Summa cum lauda) from Western Kentucky University, with principal
instruments of bassoon and voice.
Masters degrees in Educational Psychology and in Music Education were
gained from the University of Georgia, where he studied cello with Eugene
Eicher. He continued his cello studies
with Hans Schmettau and Andrew Luchansky.
A Ph.D. in Music Education from Florida State University is his terminal
His teaching career started with
10 years in Spartanburg (SC) School District Six, where his mentor was Pamela
Tellejohn-Hayes and other fine string teachers.
During doctoral studies, Mike taught at the FSU University School and
was a director of the Tallahassee Youth Orchestra, which drew students from as
far as 50 miles away. Mike then moved to
Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, where for 7 years he taught
string pedagogy and graduate research classes, supervised student teachers, and
conducted the CWRU Orchestra, in addition to sitting on numerous university
committees and directing recruiting for the Department of Music.
In addition to teaching string
classes and directing orchestras (both string and full), Mike has taught
private cello lessons and coached chamber ensembles. He has taught a wide range of classes,
including music technology, computer programming, educational psychology,
statistics, and research methods. He has
presented clinics and judged festivals in Florida, Georgia, Ohio, South
Carolina, and has presented sessions at state, regional, and national
professional conferences. He has
published research in a variety of scholarly journals.
Mike and his wife of 41 years,
Carol enjoy travel. Ballroom dancing is
an addiction for Mike, and he has competed on two continents and in the US
amateur nationals. Other hobbies include
reading and doing yard work.
Anthony Moore is a veteran band teacher of 29 years who currently teaches at Dekalb Elementary School of the Arts and Dekalb School of the Arts. He is a native of Washington, D.C. and attended the University of the District of Columbia, Florida A&M University, and Virginia Commonwealth University. He started his career as Assistant Band Director at his alma mater in Washington and has taught in Baltimore, Richmond, Virginia, and in the Atlanta metropolitan area. In addition, Mr. Moore is a member of the nationally acclaimed Cobb Wind Symphony. The Cobb Wind Symphony is an adult community band located in Marietta. Mr. Moore’s core value is educating students through the arts.