With 47 years of teaching and conducting under his belt, Carl Gippert has had plenty of time to practice his memorable teaching techniques.
“It’s the class I look forward to every week, and it’s all because of him.” said Jessica Boone, 19, about Gippert’s class. “He takes a completely different turn on teaching music. I have yet to forget anything that he’s taught us.”
As a child, Gippert wanted to be a music teacher or a pilot, but he was too tall to be a military pilot.
At Central Michigan University, Gippert earned a bachelor’s degree in music education, a master’s degree in music education and supervision degrees. He also worked at Northwestern University, University of Michigan, and the Royal College of Music in Manchester, England.
Gippert taught in Hemlock, MI for over 16 years, spent the next 16 or 17 at North Farmington High School, retired from public school teaching, and spent the past several years teaching at SC4.
Why choose a career in music? “The most important thing was the unexplainable emotion that I felt in the music. Music is a foreign language and one that is most often used when words are never enough,” said Gippert.
Gippert has won several awards, was a finalist for Michigan Band Teacher of the Year, has been featured in “Who’s Who Among American Teachers” fourteen times, and was the first State honoree for Michigan by the “School Band and Orchestra Journal” as one of the “50 Directors Who Make A Difference” in the United States.
His orchestras, bands, and ensembles have earned high ratings at district, state, national, and international music festivals, including festivals in Germany and Japan.
“Every performance, great or not so great, comes with a tremendous positive feeling of relief, but also with an analysis of what we could have done better. I continue to look at where we are at in terms of the big picture,” Gippert said.
“Everyone seems really motivated to be there (Gippert’s class). I think he’s a really good director,” said Allison Croteau, 17.