Dr. Otis French

Teaching Area(s): Music

Job Title: Director of Bands

Courses Taught
Conducting, Instrumental Music Methods, Orchestration and Arranging, Wind Literature, Ensembles

My Dream Job
I have always wanted to be a band director, but got my first experience teaching in the military music program, and fell in love with it.

Greatest Professional Accomplishment
Having my Concert Band with the Army Ground Forces Headquarters selected for a National Conference Showcase Concert.

Teaching Philosophy
I believe in involving the students in the process of learning, and allowing them to participate in the instruction process for their peers. My favorite part of the job is seeing the creative process of working on music throughout the semester, and seeing it improve.

Research Interests
Civil War Music History and Conducting Pedagogy

Favorite Building
Chapman Hall, I love the historical significance and connection with the past.

Preparing Students for the Future
The focus of Mount Union's curriculum is on individual development and participation as well as collaboration. There is an emphasis on understanding how students will use what they learn as part of society, and how they can make a difference. I believe an education grounded in the liberal arts is truly the best way to become the most well rounded person you can be.

Why Major in Music?
Our music faculty all believe fully in preparing our students to be the best music educators, performers and supporters of music and the arts that they can be. We focus on allowing them to face real world situations, and help them learn all they need to learn to be successful.

I believe in involving the students in the process of learning, and allowing them to participate in the instruction process for their peers. My favorite part of the job is seeing the creative process of working on music throughout the semester, and seeing it improve.

Fun Facts

If you could teach one class outside of your discipline, what would it be?
Leadership, and Leadership Techniques.
What is your favorite quote or motto?
Everything Happens for a Reason.
If you weren’t a professor, what job would you have?
High School Band Director.
What is one thing you want to do or a place you’d like to visit?
Scotland to play golf.
What are your hobbies and interests?
Golf, Running/Walking, I love movies.
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