2010 Teacher Winner
School: Henry W. Grady High School, Orchestra
Project: Electronic Chamber Orchestra
To combat the notion that many students consider orchestra to be old-fashioned and boring, Mr. Rodriguez purchased electric instruments so that he could have a stronger appeal to his young audience. The first of its kind at Grady High School, the Electric Orchestra can perform in outdoor venues and record their own music. By attracting students who are looking for an innovative sound that corresponds with the technological world around them, Mr. Rodriguez brings a new twist to classical music.