My name is Don Ponech and I have been teaching at GS Lakie middle school since 2007. I am a music education specialist here at the school and teach many different options. Courses I teach include Band 6, Band 7, Band 8, Rock and Pop 7, Rock and Pop 8, Recording Arts 7, Recording Arts 8 and Popular Percussion.
I have been involved in music since I was 6 years old. Some of my fondest memories from my own junior and senior high school years are from my involvement in music classes. Music is very fun and can be very challenging. To me, the greatest value of a music education is in the realization that it takes a lot of work and practice to build the skills needed to be a good musician. When I developed a good work ethic in my own music, I noticed that the same work ethic served me well in many different areas of my life as well.
My door is always open if you have any questions or need some help. Email is an excellent way to communicate with me but feel free to call the school if you prefer.