TROY alumni to speak to music education students on April 18

Posted: Monday, 15 April 2013

TROY - A pair of Troy University alumni will speak to early childhood/elementary music methods students on April 18.

Rob Lyda and Phil Wilson, both 2001 graduates of the John M. Long School of Music, will speak to a class in 201 Smith Hall beginning at 8:30 a.m.

Lyda earned a bachelor of music education from TROY and a master’s degree in music education from Auburn University in 2005 and currently serves as the sixth through eighth grade band and K-12 general music teacher at Notasula High School. In addition to his teaching responsibilities at Notasulga, Lyda is the junior high department chair, serves as the school accreditation and technology chair, and serves on the Macon County Schools academic calendar and technology committees.

Lyda has been the Teacher of the Year at Notasulga High School, the Rookie Teacher of the Year at Cottondale High School (Fla.) and was the 2011 Macon County Schools Teacher of the Year. In 2003, he was selected as an "Emerging Leader" of the Alabama Music Educators Association (AMEA) and the Southern Division of The National Association for Music Education (NAfME). He has served as the membership and public relation chair of AMEA. He holds memberships in AMEA, NAfME, American Orff-Schulwerk Association, Phi Kappa Phi, National Band Association, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.

Wilson, the 2010 Alabama Teacher of the Year, currently serves as the music teacher at Ogletree Elementary School in Auburn where he has taught for the past 10 years. Prior to coming to Auburn, Wilson taught at Thomasville (Ga.) High School where his duties included directing the chorus, assisting the band director, and directing literary activities.

Wilson graduated from TROY in 2001 with a bachelor’s degree in music education and went on to receive his Master’s of Music Education from Auburn University in 2007. In 2010, he became a National Board Certified Teacher in the area of Early and Middle Childhood Music. He is a member of the National Association for Music Education, the Alabama Music Education Association, the Alabama Education Association and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Professional Music Fraternity of America.