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KEELS ELEMENTARY TEACHER IN GROUP OF EXCEPTIONAL YAMAHA MUSIC EDUCATORS

2/1/2022

The exceptional musical talents of Joseph Keels Elementary School teacher Kenneth Perkins have placed him among 40 top young musicians in the country. Yamaha Music USA selected Perkins as one of 40 music educators under the age of 40 who are going above and beyond when instructing music programs. 

According to Yamaha, these young educators showcase the following characteristics: action (anticipate what needs to be done and proactively take the necessary steps that lead to a stronger music program), courage (propose and implement new or bold ideas), creativity (show innovation and imagination in achieving plans and objectives) and growth (establish, grow or improve music education in their schools and communities). 

In his first year as a teacher, Perkins started the JKE chorus in 2012. He also started a faculty and staff choir at Joseph Keels Elementary that performs at several programs throughout the school year. 

Perkins says he likes to discover new ways to spread joy and the beauty of music to children and adults. “I try to create a fun learning environment that is filled with plenty of movement,” he says. “Children learn by doing and because of that, I believe in having my students do and perform as much as physically possible. Music-making is at its peak level when all children can participate and feel like they are contributing to the process,” Perkins said.  
 
Alvera Butler, principal of Joseph Keels and former orchestra teacher, says Perkins has special talents that he willingly shares with others and her school is fortunate to have him on staff. “I remember the day he came in and interviewed, I knew then that he would bring many gifts to the classroom and to our school,” said Butler. 

Perkins is a graduate of North Greenville University and Vermont College of Fine Arts. He holds degrees in music education and music composition. Yamaha launched the “40 Under 40” music education advocacy program last year to celebrate and recognize outstanding young musicians who are making a positive difference in their communities.