Mr. Langholdt's Views on Mayterm
As a band director, Mr. Langholdt is not always teaching a full class throughout the whole year; he teaches many individual lessons. However, during May Term he teaches a variety of classes including beginning lessons, jazz history, jazz improv, ballroom dance, and tech theater.
When asked how May Term is beneficial, he responded with, “Some classes I teach show lifelong skills that are not only beneficial for the music department but for the kids in general.” Since Mr. Langholdt started teaching at Central Lyon only ten years ago, he has always taught beginning lessons and immediately started jazz improv to benefit his jazz band students. Only recently has he started with ballroom dance, a favorite of his, which he teaches with his wife, Mrs. Langholdt.
Ballroom dance, he says, teaches a lifelong skill. Almost immediately after students graduate, they will be heading into wedding dances. It will be beneficial for these students to learn how to do this sort of thing so they can participate. Also, he jokes that he would love to see some more appropriate dancing at school dances.
Beginning band, or beginning lessons as students like to call it, is beneficial to a whole range of students. Some students like to take it to learn a new instrument to play in jazz band. Other students who were maybe in middle school band use it to jump back into high school band.
Mr. Langholdt, although a non-traditional teacher, teaches some very interesting classes during May Term. May Term is simply a time for students to focus on classes that are a little different and learn new things.
Written By Mackenzie Smith