Mrs. Jeanne Anderson teaches 9th-12th grade choir and band at CCHS, as well as middle school choral music at the Blaine campus of CCS. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Superior with a comprehensive music education degree in K-12 general, vocal, and instrumental music.
I enjoy reading so many books but recently I’ve begun to focus on new research into the effects of music on the brain. In the Bible, we find all of creation singing God’s praises. It’s intriguing, then, to see how plants and animals respond to music in their growth and now, how our brains respond and change when singing, playing an instrument and listening to music, whether as individuals or in a community setting. Recent technology developments have allowed us to map the brain’s responses and changes in real time. Music has the power to create and change, and we can now see it happen.
One of the most interesting books I have recently read on music and the musician is by bassist Victor Wooten called The Music Lesson. It’s essentially a long transformational (fictitious) conversation of experiences between a student and his teacher. The student begins to see music as a living essence to be tapped into and live within. It helps begin and deepen the dialogue “What does it mean to be a musician?” and “What is music?” I enjoy reading immensely but have finally learned that I don’t have to read a book from cover to cover to enjoy it or to learn from it.
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Favorite thing about working at CCS:
I enjoy the mentoring and sharpening of my teaching skills and vision as teachers work together to define this Christian worldview in all that we do—how we teach and live. I learn from other teachers who consistently articulate their understanding of how all of life falls under the umbrella of God’s sovereignty, grace, and truths day after day. It can be challenging, because the transformation that is taking place in our walk is never really separated from the classroom—in front of our students.
Favorite learning activity:
I really enjoy the high school retreat at Skonewood at the beginning of the year. My involvement is with the chapel and worship team, and through that lens I see seeds of change and growth, leadership, and the bonding forces of our unique community taking root. It is a new year, new students, and new perspectives and experiences—and God is already at work.
Fun or fascinating facts:
Two things: first, my family enjoys hiking in state and national parks. We hiked our second Canadian national park this summer. Hopefully this will help me further bond with our CCHS Canadian staff! Second, this is the first year in my Calvin teaching career without my own children/teens in my classroom.
“To him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”