Reuben Burrows is a graduate of Towson University, with a bachelor’s degree in music education and a master’s degree in music education from Shenandoah University. As a choral educator, he seeks to obtain the best tone possible from students using elements of storytelling to evoke emotional expression. He volunteers by directing musicals and tutoring students in other subjects to ensure that students get the best chance at a holistic education. Deeply concerned by the focus on data in education, he teaches in order to instill within children the value of hard work, and the knowledge that they, as human beings, matter; that their original thoughts, creations, and emotions are far more valuable than their test scores.
Beginning his teaching career in 2007, Burrows has taught music both at the elementary and middle school levels. Choral ensembles under his direction receive consistent superior ratings and have earned the attention of the Gazette and the Washington Post for earning first place in national choral competitions. Directing the Hyattsville Middle School Creative and Performing Arts Choir since 2010, audiences have been local, national, and international.
In 2011 and 2014, he was voted Prince George’s County’s Favorite Middle School Teacher. In July 2014, his students sang his arrangement of “The Star Spangled Banner” (which will be published professionally in 2015) at a Washington Nationals game. Burrows, a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, holds affiliations with the National Association for the Advancement of Music Education, American Choral Directors Association, and the Maryland Choral Educators Association.