Ragazze Downers Grove Conductor, Advanced Beginner Theory Teacher
Ron Korbitz holds both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in music education from VanderCook College of Music in Chicago. Ron is on faculty at Hill Middle School in Naperville, where he directs three curricular grade level choirs, Men’s Chorus, Women’s Chorus, teaches general music and directs the annual school musical. His Eighth Grade Chorus was invited to perform at the 2015 Illinois Music Educator’s Convention and his Women’s Chorus will perform at the 2017 Illinois Music Educator’s Convention. Prior to his tenure at Hill, Ron taught K-5 general music and chorus for twenty-two years, first in Palos District 117 and then at Brookdale Elementary in Naperville.
In 2006, Mr. Korbitz joined the faculty at VanderCook College where he currently teaches Methods of Teaching Children’s Choir and serves as an advisor for graduate research projects. Ron also worked for four years with Anima Young Singers-Glen Ellyn Children’s Chorus, initially in the KidSingers program and then as the conductor for the Concert Chorus. He has been a guest conductor, presenter and adjudicator for numerous clinics, competitions and workshops. Ron is a member of NAfME, ILMEA and ACDA, where he served as children’s choir repertoire and standards chair for ten years.
An avid lover of bluegrass and traditional American music, Mr. Korbitz has been honored by the International Bluegrass Music Association for his lessons that utilize bluegrass and fiddle tunes in the general music classroom. He has been featured in NAfME’s “Teaching Music” magazine for his innovative approaches to teaching music literacy. He was also selected for inclusion in “Who’s Who among American Teachers.”
Ron is a collaborating author of “Mr. Everybody’s Recorder Book” and has been a contributing writer for the American String Teacher’s Association Journal and the Illinois-ACDA’s on-line journal “The Podium.”