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Bruce Walker

CBC Music Instructor Named Top Music Educator in State

Posted Date: April 18th, 2021
By: by Taylor Fritz

PASCO, Wash. — Columbia Basin College’s Bruce Walker has been named the Music Educator of the Year by the Washington Music Educators Association. This award covers not just collegiate instruction, but K-12 music instruction as well.

CBC’s music classes moved online in March 2020, with all performances and teaching since then happening as a remote digital experience.

Walker is a student himself, currently pursuing a doctoral degree at Boston University, while remaining active leading virtual all-star string orchestras in other states, including Arkansas and Nevada.

To watch Walker in action leading the 2021 Nevada All-State Orchestra, watch the video here.

Walker embraces the challenge of teaching music, and leading orchestras, online, saying, “Like all educators, we adapted and embraced the virtual space and would not let a small matter of distance and a pandemic stop us from producing quality content and instruction. This is the result of strategic rehearsal planning and resiliency in an virtual setting and working with the technology everyone already has.”

In addition to his instruction and work in orchestral music, Walker also teaches music appreciation and music theory at CBC.

For more about studying music at CBC, visit its website.


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