Today’s #MIOSM Exceptional Hampton Roads Music Teacher Honorees are Janis Campbell, Music Teacher of Park Place School in Norfolk, and Emmet Forbes, Music Teacher at Gloria Dei School in Hampton.
In addition to a background in music, Janis has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Clemson University and a Graduate Diploma in Christian Studies from Regent University.
A few of her students shared with us:
Miss Janis makes music class fun. We learn about music and we learn to sing a lot of different songs. We learn to appreciate music as well. I even hear some of the songs we sing on the radio. Miss Janis doesn’t just teach us about music, but how to follow in God’s footsteps. That is more important.
Emmet Forbes was born and raised in Norfolk and graduated from Booker T. Washington H.S. After receiving a Master’s Degree in conducting from Columbia University, he taught at Cleveland State College, and Norfolk State University. After teaching in Virginia Beach for 27 years, Mr. Forbes retired from full time teaching. He is currently teaching instrumental music at Gloria Dei School in Hampton.
Mr. Forbes’ sister shared a few words about him:
Emmet is a positive influence in my life because he has dedicated the past four decades to music education. He has also mentored the youth in our family and supported them by taking the time to attend their concerts and musical performances whether they are instrumental or vocal. He encourages them to participate in other related musical activities. He continues to do this to this day. He even maintains contact with former students. He is a supportive brother. He’s there for me whenever I need him.
Thank you Ms. Campbell and Mr. Forbes for serving our area students and inspiring them to appreciate music.