North Hardin director named top state music educator

By KELLY RICHARDSON

Monday, January 14, 2008 9:37 PM CST

RADCLIFF — Even though Brian Froedge has been named a top state music educator, that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have trouble turning his assignments in on time, just like his students.

Froedge, band director for North Hardin High School, was named the High School Music Teacher of the Year by the Kentucky Music Educators Association over the schools’ winter break.

Froedge first was nominated and named the top music teacher in his district in the KMEA. From there, he submitted an application for teacher of the year that included his accomplishments and letters of recommendation.

Froedge said he probably never would have mailed the application in on time if it had not been for his wife, Susan, keeping him on track. Fittingly, she opened the letter from the president of KMEA, letting Froedge know he had won.

“We thought it would just say, ‘thanks for applying,’” he said.
Froedge has been with Hardin County Schools for 15 years and has been a band director for the majority of them.

Froedge is a graduate of North and played bass clarinet, euphonium and French horn in its band.

Froedge said he likes any kind of recognition the North band program receives for its success, but he isn’t so convinced about his own.

“I don’t feel like I’m the music teacher of the year,” he said.
Froedge said despite his role as a music educator, music isn’t his first priority in the classroom. He tells his students that he cares much more about how they act than how they play.

“We probably fail just as much as we succeed, but we just keep trying,” he said.

Joe Murrell, a Radcliff senior who plays the trombone, said Froedge works with students individually and helps seniors with college applications.

“He teaches more than music,” Murrell said.
Rebecca Maxwell, a Radcliff senior, credited Froedge with making possible a lot of her memorable high school experiences, such as state band competitions..

“He’s tried his best to give us the best,” she said.

Kelly Richardson can be reached at 505-1740, or at krichardson@thenewsenterprise.com.

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