Passing on his passion… Lockhart gets to share music with his students every day

Published 11:57 pm Tuesday, March 1, 2022

BY GRACIE FIELDS
STAR CORRESPONDENT
From participating in the band as a student to teaching other students how to play instruments, Christopher Lockhart has always been a music fanatic.
“My love for teaching came from my teachers. I admired all of my band teachers, from junior high to college,” said Lockhart.
He recently won the 2021-22 Teacher of the Year Award for T.A. Dugger Middle School. In his 35th year teaching, Lockhart is appreciative of his recent winnings.
“I’ve loved music since I was a little kid. When I joined the band, I just fell in love with it,” he said.
He forwards his appreciation for music by passing down his knowledge to his current and former students.
Lockhart teaches beginner and advanced band classes. His advanced classes consist of instruments such as woodwind, brass, and percussion. In addition to middle school classes, he also helps instruct the Elizabethton High School band during the day.
“I help my students learn everything from beginning to read sheet music to ultimately playing it,” he said.
Lockhart’s passion for music is passed down to his current and former students. Many recall the overwhelming compassion and enjoyment they felt from being a part of his class.
“Currently, we have been working on our spring performance with the Junior Honor Band performance,” he said. “We are always working together to produce something that we all like.”
Along with his appreciation of music, he also appreciates every single one of his students. He recalls his time with them, “All of my students are just amazing. They come in every day and put forth such a good effort, I’ve always appreciated their attitudes.”
With his time at T.A. Dugger, he said, “I couldn’t have thought of a better place to teach.”

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