San Antonio native, Warren Mize, began playing the piano at the age of six, describing himself as a “quintessential musical nerd.” Warren received a bachelor’s in music and finished with a doctorate in Education from Concordia University. He has taught at East Central high school as a music educator for several years and is currently the director of the school’s Patterson Performing Arts program.
Before he became an educator, Warren had a successful career in pastoral ministry; but his true passion lied in public education. Last year, the Country Music Association in presented Warren with the Innovation in Music Education Award.
Give a Note Board Member Sean Smith (Right), and President Beth Slusher (Left) pictured with Warren (Middle).
The CMA recognized him for developing an innovative approach to music education that can be implemented in other school districts. Warren started a two-year Music Business and Industry course. The course combines a lecture-based teaching style in year one with a hands-on learning style for the second year. Warren’s students hosted their very own indie music festival, East Central was the only high school in the nation offering such a festival!
Spring 2018 Give A Note Foundation ‘Music Education Innovator Award’ grant recipients
Warren was honored and humbled to receive such an award. In addition to the award and ceremony, the CMA provided the program with enough funding to grow and provide the students with much-needed resources.