Johansen's department chairman for the visual and performing arts has brought highbrow musical selections to football halftimes, musical play days to
"I can only do what I do because they put in the work," said Hart, a fourth-year teacher at Johansen.
Make no mistake, Hart also puts in the work.
"If there's anybody around here that puts in more hours than I do, it's him," said Johansen Principal
"He's definitely trying to develop the all-around student when it comes to the arts, so it's very impressive," Schar said.
"To have so many other faculty in the process means so many other people have a buy-in," Hart said. Reaching out means pulling in the audience, he explained. "Otherwise, we'd just be playing concerts in an empty room, performing in a vacuum."
Even with school out, Hart is working with students, preparing to play at the
"(July Fourth) marks the end of my school year. Then I get two weeks off," he said. Plans for his time off? He's meeting with an expert on American composer
The school year that just ended included:
--A tribute to the 1960s, with music covering themes of civil rights, the space race and the premiÈre of a commissioned work on
--The football halftime show came from "Les MisÉrables." "It's great music. It's a great story to tell," he said. The drama department helped out with costumes. "We looked at what was available, what would be fun, but also has a teachable component," Hart said.
--A spring concert with food vendors and free activities for kids at
--Two "March Around the Town" events in December, around the east Modesto neighborhoods by Johansen, are part fundraiser, part caroling. "We play happy-sounding music and have a lot of fun doing it," he said.
Going to a premiÈre performance of Hart's composition "Dreams Haunt Me," performed by the
Hart said he gets his energy from his pupils. "In reality, they're inspiring me more than I could even attempt to inspire them," he said.
His submission for the next level of the Grammy contest is due soon. Ten finalists will earn
The award, supported by the
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