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Adjunct Associate Professor Jim De Boer has received degrees from Calvin College, B.A. and Western Michigan University, M.M. Jim has also studied in postgraduate degree classes obtaining 22 hours of credit in addition to his Masters degree. He has taught music since 1978 to grades K-12 in both parochial and public schools. Jim has taught classes at Hope in Secondary, Middle School and Elementary Methods, and currently directs the Collegium Musicum Vocal Ensemble and places and evaluates students in area schools as a part of their music education degree. Jim has presented at music conferences in the Midwest, and has published in National Music Journals (Music Educators Journal, Michigan Music Educator, and the Technology Institute Journal for Music Educators).
Jim presently teaches music in Holland Public Schools where he teaches elementary general music and directs three large elementary choirs and a select vocal ensemble. His choirs are highly respected, having sung for many civic events, the superintendents of the state of Michigan, the Mexican Consul General, the Governor of Michigan, local governmental, non-profit and corporate events, as well as for the Chicago Cubs, Detroit Tigers, Detroit Pistons, and West Michigan Whitecaps.
His 5th grade Ensemble recently received the grand prize of $5,000 in a state-wide contest for their recording of a commercial for Family Fare Grocery Stores. This recording played on radio and TV throughout the state. His choirs have also performed for A.C.D.A. and M.S.V.M.A. events.
Jim has written grants for over $71,000 to obtain music technology, software and midi-keyboard labs for his students. His extensive technological training on computers and music software for use within the classroom has helped him create movies of his classroom teaching, which are available for viewing on the web. Jim was selected as Regional Finalist for Michigan Teacher of the Year in 2009, Holland Public Schools Teacher of the Year in 1998, Honors Choir Director for the State of Michigan in 1988 and was awarded the Silver Record for producing the highest quality High School music recording in the U.S. in 1986 by Delta Records.
Jim belongs to the Michigan School Vocal Music Association (MSVMA), the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), The Michigan Music Educators Association (MMEA), The Technology Institute for Music Educators (TI:ME), and the Michigan Association for Computer Users in Learning (MACUL).
Jim's website can be visited here.