Throughout middle and high school, Kameron Jennings knew he wanted to help kids learn and thrive in music. The junior Music Education major plays trumpet and says he has had amazing opportunities at UW-Green Bay including learning from master musicians and performing in Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band and Pep Band. And stepping on stage to play his trumpet at one of the Midwest’s most prolific performing arts centers—the Weidner Center for Performing Arts—just a few paces away from his classrooms and music rooms? A priceless opportunity.
Video by Sue Pischke, University Marketing and Communication
Music Program Video Transcript:
In high school, my band class was the biggest motivation for me to become a music major. I loved my band director in high school and middle school and both of them just really helped me see that I wanted to do that later in my life and they inspired me to become a music major. I chose UW-Green Bay for my education because I knew how exceptional the music program was.
There’s two-degree options so students can either get a Bachelor of Music or a Bachelor of Arts in Music which means that you can go on to be a music teacher, have a career in musical performance, or pursue a graduate study program in music.
There are many aspects I enjoy the music program one of my favorites is being able to perform complex music with high-level musicians including the professors here and since UW-Green Bay is connected to the Weidner Center a lot of times the traveling musicians will give us master classes and teach us about their art and performances. Being able to perform in the Weidner Center is such a cool experience it’s a great space and it can really help change some people’s perspective on their music that they’re performing.
In the Music Program, almost everything is hands-on learning and in Ensemble classes were always playing our instruments and rehearsing the music and then in other classroom settings such as Music Theory we’re always writing new parts and learning about new ideas and music.
I absolutely love the Music Program here at UW-Green Bay it’s provided me so many great experiences and opportunities and I’m forever grateful to be here and I just love performing my trumpet in the Weidner Center and being able to work with all the amazing professors in all the great classes. It’s all just fantastic. I’m proud to be a Phoenix because of the countless opportunities it’s presented me it’s really kick-started my musical career in education and I have so many great experiences here I know I’ll make so many more.