Randy Smith, Logan High’s beloved longtime choral director, has shown consistent dedication and care towards the LHS fine arts department and every one of his students. Inhabiting the unique positions of ‘educator’ and ‘artist’ simultaneously, Smith has strived to cultivate an environment of open expression and creativity in his classroom while instilling into his students a strong work ethic and respect for music of all styles. His sheer dedication to the program is nothing less than admirable and inspiring.
“I should be going to Sky View, because I live in that district,” junior Nalani Matthias, member of Crimson Colony, confessed. “But I came to Logan just to take choir from Randy, because I saw how amazing he was as a director.”
Smith makes a point to create a diverse repertoire for all of his choirs as a means to expose students to new styles, anything from baroque to soul singing. Not only do students develop a greater respect for each style, but students come out of Smith’s instruction as better performers armed with a more versatile range of techniques. Additionally, Smith emphasizes not just the technical aspects of the music, but the raw emotion behind each note. Students are taught to sing with purpose and passion.
"[Randy] has taught me more about life than he's taught me about music. He has an interest and love for his students, and that's what makes him a successful teacher."
Teacher of the Month
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