2022 Colorado Music Educators Association Conference 2022 Colorado Music Educators Association Conference

The First Three Years

- MST
Bartolin Hall E-213/214

David A. Rickels
University of Colorado Boulder, Associate Professor and Chair of Music Education

David A. Rickels, Associate Professor and Chair of Music Education, was appointed to the faculty of the University of Colorado Boulder in 2012. He teaches music education courses that include foundational studies, instrumental music methods, psychology, and research methods. His teaching background includes a wide range of settings from kindergarten through college, including high school concert and marching bands, elementary beginning band and general music, and college music courses for music majors and non-majors. Dr. Rickels is a sought-after presenter of workshops, professional development seminars, and educational clinics throughout the United States. He is currently serving as the national Chair of the Society for Music Teacher Education (SMTE), and is a current member of the editorial board of the Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education. His own research has appeared in the Journal of Research in Music Education, the Journal of Music Teacher Education, the Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, and the Journal of Band Research, in addition to presentations at national and international conferences. Dr. Rickels holds graduate degrees in music education from Arizona State University.

Hannah Harm
Liberty High School, Assistant Director of Bands

Hannah Harm is a music educator and oboist originally from Highlands Ranch, Colorado. Ms. Harm is currently the Assistant Director of Bands at Liberty High School in Colorado Springs, where she works with the Symphonic Band, Concert Band 1, Concert Band 2, Jazz Ensemble, and Pride of the Lancers Marching Band, as well as teaching Music Appreciation classes. Ms. Harm received a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Colorado, where she studied oboe with Peter Cooper and conducting with Dr. Matthew Roeder & Dr. Matthew Dockendorf. She student taught at Centaurus High School and Angevine Middle School in Lafayette, Colorado. Ms. Harm has conducted at the Kansas City Conducting Symposium with Damon Talley, Joseph Parisi, and Steve Davis and the Colorado Music Educators Association Conducting Clinic with Larry Livingston. She is currently earning her Master’s degree with the American Band College. While at CU, Ms. Harm performed with the Symphonic Band, Wind Symphony, Symphony Orchestra, Eklund Opera Pit Orchestra, and Golden Buffalo Marching Band, as well as substituting on oboe and English horn with various orchestras around Boulder. She spent her last summers of college marching baritone with the Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps in 2017 and the World Champion Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps in 2018. Ms. Harm is an active member of the Colorado Bandmasters Association and the Colorado Music Educators Association. She is an alumnus of Kappa Kappa Psi. Ms. Harm has been recognized by CBA as a 2019 Outstanding Young Band Director.

Celeste Landy
Battle Mountain High School, Instrumental Music Director

Celeste Landy is the instrumental music director at Battle Mountain High School in Edwards, Colorado where she teaches band, orchestra, drumline, guitar, and AVID. She earned her Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2019 where she studied flute under Christina Jennings and performed with the CU Symphonic Band, Wind Symphony, and Marching Band. As an undergraduate, she presented her research on developing higher-order thinking in music education at the 2019 CU Scholars Conference. She has performed internationally at the Alba Music Festival in Alba, Italy and with the World Youth Wind Orchestra Project in Schladming, Austria.

Tristan Peterson
Galileo School of Math and Science, Instrumental Music Teacher

Tristan Peterson is the Instrumental Music Teacher at Galileo School of Math and Science, in Colorado Springs School District 11, Colorado Springs, CO.

Tristan began playing Trombone during 6th grade in Academy School District 20 where he was inspired to become a music educator. He attended the University of Colorado in Boulder where he studied Tuba with Michael Dunn, and Music Education. Tristan completed student teaching at Smoky Hill High School under Zak Ruffert and Russell Middle School under Deborah Blake. He has also begun working on his Masters in Music Education through the American Band College.

At Galileo, Tristan serves as the Instrumental Music Teacher where he teaches band and orchestra. He created a somewhat normal instrumental music experience during the 2020-21 school year and gave the students an in-person performance opportunity at the end of the year. He is continuing to provide his students with a quality music experience into the 2021-2022 school year.

Tristan loves inspiring youth through his passion for music and is himself inspired by the hearts and minds of middle school students.


The first three years of teaching are an important and often challenging transitional time for all new music teachers entering the profession. This panel discussion will explore the experiences of music teachers currently navigating this early career stage. Panelists Andrea Austin, Hannah Harm, Celeste Landy, and Tristan Peterson will share lessons they have learned in their journey from college to the classroom. Moderator David Rickels will also invite questions from the audience. College students, new teachers, and experienced teachers who mentor new educators will all benefit from this dialogue about experiences in the first three years.