Mark Calima: Music Summer Camp Director

Mark Calima is devoting his career to music education. He is a Cum Laude graduate of the University of Houston, where he received his degree in music education in 2004. Over the next fourteen years, he served the music programs at middle and high schools around Texas.

Mark Calima Instructor of Insight for Music Education

He has a particular fondness for marching bands, and has led school bands to prestigious competitions. He has also directed wind ensembles and concert bands, and in 2013 directed the Cedar Ridge High School Low Brass Choir, which was invited to perform at the prestigious Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago.

He has also made his mark as a Music Summer Camp Director. Music summer camp bears many similarities to the classes he has taught at the middle and high school levels. But at the same time, it is an entirely different creature. The participants, after all, are kids on their summer breaks. The bottom line for band camps is that they are a place where young musicians can go to have fun, and to get better at playing their instruments.

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Marching band, in particular, should be treated the same as a sport. It can be grueling and vigorous, so the musicians should always limber up before carrying their instruments around. Because it’s summer camp, they should also wear sunscreen, and remember to reapply it every couple of hours. There should be a ready supply of aloe gel, too, to treat those who got a little too much sun. Campers should all have it on their list of stuff to bring with them, but someone always forgets, so there should be a supply that everyone can use, just in case.

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Equally important as guarding against too much sun is getting proper hydration. The kids, and the band director too, should drink plenty of water to stay well hydrated. A sports drink, like Gatorade or Powerade, is a reasonable substitute for water, but sugary drinks in general should be avoided, because they are more likely to dehydrate you.

Mark Calima brings his years of experience to whatever musical endeavor he undertakes. He is known as a band director who can make something out of nothing, and can achieve high standards in short periods of time. He is a past recipient of the “Who’s Who Among America’s High School Teachers” award.

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Mark Calima: The Value of Music Education

Mark Calima has spent fourteen years as a music educator and band director at middle and high schools throughout Texas. He is a Cum Laude graduate of the University of Houston, where he received his music degree in 2004.

Mark Calima: The Value of Music Education

I have successfully led students to national and international honors,” Mark Calima says. “I am also adjudicator for Drum Corps International and Bands of America, so I have seen the dual perspectives of field competition.

Many music education professionals say that it seems to them that students who participate in organized music programs, such as band, have an advantage of those students who do not. The music students, even those who do not pursue music as a career, seem to leave high school clear goals in mind, and the confidence to achieve them. It begs the question, why? What gives those students a leg up on the others?

Mark Calima: The Value of Music Education

It isn’t just a matter of luck, and it isn’t that musical students tend to be more goal or success-oriented than non-musical students. Research indicates that learning music can activate certain parts of the brain, and stimulates it to learn at a fast pace. It can also stretch the memory to higher levels of retention. Learning music can enhance cognitive learning, and promote growth in other, non-musical areas of development. Music students tend to be better motivated and have better social skills, better time management, and a better awareness of the situations they find themselves in.

Mark Calima: The Value of Music Education

Many of those who are involved in teaching music at the middle and high school levels say that not enough is done to let parents know just how beneficial music instruction can be; that there are greater benefits than the obvious musical rewards. Music may be its own reward, of course, but many argue that we should not stop with that, because the value of learning music is so great. Parents need to know, they say, that there is a lot more to having their kid in band than buying them an instrument and making sure they practice it at home, and at band practice. The skills that young people learn from music are transferable, and can be applied to virtually any other academic subject.

Mark Calima is capable of bringing a lot of information and solutions to band programs. He knows that music creates successful people, and has the ability to achieve high standards with his students.

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World Traveller Mark Calima

Even a partial listing of the works and plaudits of High School Music Director Mark Calima of Houston, Texas in the United States demonstrates an incredible capacity for work and accomplishment in his chosen musical field of instruction.  Mark Calima is a wildly successful High School Band Director who brings awards and acclaim to his students and school.

World Traveller Mark Calima

Mark Calima of Houston, Texas in the United States has found time in a life dedicated to the musical instruction of secondary students to expand his personal horizons by pursuing his love of travel.  Mark Calima has a Filipino background, and has traveled to his family’s country of origin, the Philippines.

World Traveller Mark Calima

But Mark Calima has also compiled a formidable list of international travel, from countries including England, France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Singapore, Hong Kong, China, Macau, Japan, Canada, Russia, Bahamas, Mexico, Cayman Islands, Jamaica, Malaysia and Thailand.  Did Mark Calima study yet more musical subjects while on these travels?  Perhaps.  Or perhaps these travels acted as a pressure valve, a welcome respite from the grueling schedule of achievement which Mark Calima establishes for himself in his academic life.

Mark Calima has developed an extensive list of personal tastes and passions, perhaps honed during his extensive world travels.  A devotee of musical theater, especially from the 80’s and 90’s, it follows that Mark Calima counts among his favorite places to visit Times Square in New York City, with Las Vegas, Nevada a close second.

World Traveller Mark Calima

With his Asian heritage, it should not be too surprising that  Mark Calima favorite foods include sushi and thai dishes.

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