The music department faculty was a major factor in Christopher Mroczek’s decision to earn his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at EIU, and now he has a chance to make an equally positive impact on students at Lincoln-Way High School in Frankfort, Ill.
“I am currently a high school band director/music teacher,” said Mroczek, who joined the Lincoln-Way East music staff in 2011. “I teach two concert bands as well as several general music classes and extracurricular activities.”
After finishing his undergraduate degree in music education, the Aurora, Ill., native completed a master’s in instrumental conducting and was a graduate assistant in the department during that time.
Mroczek conducting during a concert at Lincoln-Way East High School.
"I chose to go to EIU for my undergrad because of the excellent people/faculty I met whenever I visited,” remembered Mroczek. “The professors I met were always incredibly friendly and welcoming, and I really enjoyed talking with them. Music faculty members I met at other universities were not nearly as welcoming or as interested in helping me grow as the faculty at EIU.”
Once at Eastern, Mroczek says small class sizes and continued attentiveness from instructors made it a positive experience.
“I sought answers and help to be the best teacher I could be, and every music faculty member was always willing to give me the assistance I needed to be successful,” said Mroczek. “I had a strong desire to be successful, and the music faculty always gave me the opportunities I wanted to grow and be a better teacher.”
Not surprisingly, EIU comes highly recommended by this alumnus.
“I felt welcome at EIU -- like I belonged to a community that was interested in my future, and me being there” said Mroczek. “The small class sizes and individual attention gave me the educational assistance I needed, and it also led to some great friendships between me and the other students. Plus, the music faculty were all fantastic people, so they were always finding new ways to bring in guest artists and professionals to broaden everyone's horizons.”