Posting Date: September 18, 2012
KSU School of Music welcomes new assistant professor
Charles Laux joins music education faculty
By Shira Kerce
This semester, the Kennesaw State University School of Music welcomes Charles Laux as a new assistant professor of string music education. In addition to teaching courses in string techniques and pedagogy, Laux will also conduct the KSU Philharmonic Orchestra and serve as director of the KSU String Project, which is co-taught with Evelyn Champion, orcestra teacher at Sprayberry High School. “I am looking forward to working with the incredibly talented faculty and all of the wonderful students in the School of Music,” Laux says.
Laux has more than 15 years of public school experience throughout the country, serving as an orchestra director and string teacher in Nevada, Florida and Ohio. Laux holds degrees in music education from Ohio University and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and he is currently a Ph.D. candidate at Ohio State University. Laux’s performing experience includes performances with the Las Vegas Philharmonic and the Nevada Chamber Symphony, and he also serves as a conductor of the Georgia Symphony Youth Camerata Orchestra.
Harry Price, director of the School of Music, is excited to welcome a string educator to the music faculty. “Laux has excellent public school experiences and he is quite knowledgeable about technology and its application to teaching and learning stringed instruments,” Price explains. “His depth and breadth of knowledge will contribute in many ways to string education students, as well as all music education students.”
Laux is excited about the opportunity to be a part of KSU’s growing School of Music. “My goal,” he says, “is to continue to build the music education program, and in particular to help increase the number of string players and string teachers on campus.”
Laux is also looking forward to making an impact in the larger Kennesaw community, serving as director of the new KSU String Project, which provides inexpensive string instruction to students in the 4th and 5th grades throughout the Kennesaw area. The young students will be taught by KSU’s string music education majors, providing them with excellent hands-on teaching experience.
“Community outreach is so important in music education,” Laux explains. “This program is truly win-win, helping young musicians in our community while also giving our students a leg up in the competitive string/orchestra teaching job market.”