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Mr. Kasey Wasson

  • M.M in Cello Performance with String Pedagogy Emphasis
  • B.M.E with Instrumental Emphasis

Mr. Wasson is a string teacher, orchestra director, and cellist. He is a graduate from the University of Wisconsin- Madison with a masters degree in cello performance and taught string pedagogy courses as part of his assistantship. He received his bachelors degree in music education with an emphasis in instrumental music from the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, MO.

Currently, Mr. Wasson teaches 6th-12th grade strings/orchestra in Missouri. He continually pushes himself to learn new techniques combined with technology to further help orchestra students both in person and virtually. With large numbers of students comes the effort to polish skills in parent communication, developing deeper knowledge of grade level appropriate literature, and incorporating new pedagogical techniques into instruction.

Mr. Wasson taught 6th-12th grade strings/orchestra in Alabama and Indiana. These experiences shed many perspectives on the heart of music teaching. “Love your kids and they will play,” is a quote that is pulled from a great teacher in Alabama. Many teachers feel and say the same thing, but by talking to this person about the quote revealed how much they meant it, and motivated everyone around! This gave Mr. Wasson a deep sense of resolve to embed this principle into himself and his teaching. Indiana put this resolve to the test, and Mr. Wasson loved seeing his students progress to earn Gold ratings in orchestra, solo, and ensemble performances at district and state levels!

During his studies in Wisconsin, Mr. Wasson conducted two string orchestras and coached chamber music ensembles to non-music majors. He also taught classes in cello and bass pedagogy to music education majors. Mr. Wasson studied cello with Parry Karp, gaining much insight about being a great human being, never letting a single mistake get away from you during practice, and choosing your daily battles. He performed as co-principal cellist of the UW Symphony Orchestra, performed in a piano quartet, and regularly participated in masterclasses leading up to his Masters Recital.

His devotion to music and music education along with the enjoyment of creating and using ideas is rewarding to not only himself, but to those who work with him to create and learn about music.


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