Submitted by Lake Forest Country Day School
Scott Baeseman, Lake Forest Country Day School Chair of the Fine Arts Department and music teacher, has received the 2012 Mary Hoffman Award of Excellence for music education from the Illinois Music Educators Association.
The Mary Hoffman Award is given to a music teacher or university music professor who has demonstrated excellence in teaching and exhibits the characteristics of an outstanding music educator. The award honors the legacy of Dr. Mary Hoffman, former professor at the University of Illinois and author of the Silver Burdett Music series.
Mr. Baeseman received the award on January 26 at the IMEA All-State Conference in Peoria, IL. The 2012 awards committee noted that Mr. Baeseman was the unanimous choice for this prestigious honor. Mr. Baeseman is a musician and composer in addition to being a music teacher. He is also Director of the Music at Trinity series at Trinity Episcopal Church in Highland Park.
As an LFCDS faculty member, Mr. Baeseman is admired by students, colleagues and parents alike. His passion and commitment to teaching music is widely recognized and earned him a nomination for the Golden Apple teaching award last year.
Mr. Baeseman and his colleagues at LFCDS teach a spiraling curriculum based on brain research that focuses on music literacy, music performance, and music analysis.
“Music analysis may begin with teaching our youngest students how to differentiate beat from rhythm or how to identify specific instrument sounds,” said Mr. Baeseman. “As students progress through the years, we teach them more complex layers of critical listening which may include how tempo, harmony, and texture work together to tell the composer’s story. In the upper school years, it may include an analysis of how the music symbolizes the culture and people from which it comes. We use all types of music in the LFCDS curriculum to teach this: world music, classical music, opera, folk music, jazz, country, rockâ€•even rap.”
Lake Forest Country Day School is known for its talented and committed faculty who, like Mr. Baeseman, uphold high standards of academic rigor, provide individualized attention, and support each student’s social and emotional growth.
For more information on LFCDS, call 847-615-6151 for a tour or visit www.lfcds.org.