Hello! My name is Mr. Pennington and I teach Orchestra, Guitar, and Choir. I have been teaching for six years. I am originally from the Northern Kentucky/Cincinnati area. I moved to Arizona six years ago with my wife Lindsay to begin my teaching career in the Combs community. We reside in San Tan Valley with our four pets. We have two dogs, Copper and Penny, and two cats, Libra and Ditto.
Educational Background: 2014 Graduate of Western Kentucky University, Summa Cum Laude, Bachelors of Music Education with an Emphasis in Violin and Voice
Educational Experience: 2014-2015 Long Term Music Substitute, multiple schools
2015-Present- J.O. Combs- Music Teacher
Educational Philosophy: I believe that every child can have a successful musical experience in my class.
Welcome to the Combs High Fine Arts community. Combs High has a tradition of excellence in Fine Arts, with award winning programs and we are excited to welcome you to our performing groups. I currently teach two sections of guitar, one section of choir, and two sections of orchestra. Here is a little bit of information about each ensemble:
Choir- This is a mixed ability class of students from all grades 9-12 that love to sing! There is an emphasis on correct singing technique, sight-reading, and performance as an ensemble. Solo opportunities are given throughout, typically at least one for each concert. This class performs regularly throughout the year at Governing Board meetings, student assemblies, fundraisers, quarterly concerts, and other additional performance opportunities. Continuing students also have the ability to apply for a student leadership role as an officer and contribute their voice to class decisions.
Concert Orchestra- This class is designed for underclassmen who play violin, viola, cello or bass. There is an emphasis on fundamentals and correct technique. This class has many performance opportunities as it travels several times during the school year to festivals in addition to the quarterly performances.
Chamber Orchestra- This class is designed for advanced players who play violin, viola, cello or bass. There is an emphasis on advanced technique and group performance. This class has many performance opportunities as it travels several times during the school year to festivals in addition to quarterly performances. Continuing students also have the ability to apply for a student leadership role as an officer and contribute their voice to class decisions.
Introduction to Guitar- This class is designed for students 9-12 who may or may not have any musical experience either on guitar or on other instruments. Students will learn fundamental classical guitar technique, as well as other styles, and learn how to rehearse in an ensemble setting similar to orchestra or band. These students do participate in four concerts throughout the year.
Guitar Ensemble 1- This class is designed for advanced guitar students, grades 10-12 who have an interest in building on their fundamental knowledge of guitar and music. Students continue to work on the fundamentals of classical guitar technique, in addition to playing in various styles and some improvisation work. These students do participate in four concerts throughout the year.
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Phone: 480-882-3540, ext. 7643 (Classroom), ext. 7646 (Office)