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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 degree.

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. 
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