Phone: 708-748-0480 ext. 4204
Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelor of Music, Western Michigan University 1996; Teacher Certification, Grand Valley State University, 2006
Mr. Robert Travis
Hello, I'm Mr. Travis! This is my 14th year at Matteson Elementary School, teaching music. I am, as always, excited to share the gift of music with all of our families here at the Matteson.
I come from West Michigan (Grand Rapids area), and earned my Bachelor of Music, with majors in music theory and music performance (French horn), at Western Michigan University (in Kalamazoo). Years later, I returned to college at Grand Valley State University (in Allendale and Grand Rapids) to earn my teaching certification. Throughout that time and since then, I jump at every musical opportunity I get, and have played in many chamber music groups, bands, and orchestras, as well as private teaching (brass instruments), and church music (including piano playing, choir directing, and worship leading/organizing). Currently, I lead worship and play piano at a contemporary service at a church in Homewood. I also do some composing and arranging on a freelance basis.
While music takes up a lot of my life, I'm a bit of a technophile as well, and do some computer programming and web app development; when I'm not doing that, I enjoy cycling and hanging around with my dog.
But what really brings life together is music. And it is that which I wish to share with your children, with the community, and with you! So I urge you, please encourage your child to sing whenever they can, and ask them about what they're learning in music class. And most importantly, come to our performances -- they are great growth experiences for our children.
As always, if you should have any questions, concerns, or comments about anything here, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (708) 748-0480 ext. 4204.
Thank you, and let's have a great, musical year!