November 3rd: The Innovator

3 Nov

Portland State Music: 30 for the 30th

Name: G. Douglas Bundy

Instrument: Saxophone, clarinet, flute

Student of William Tuttle, Stan Stanford, Charley Gray

B.M.-1996. M.Ed-2000 Portland State University

Putting Music Forward

In 2007 G. Douglas Bundy was awarded the Oregon Symphony’s Patty Vemer Music Educator of the Year Award.  “Doug Bundy’s teaching philosophy is focused on teaching the ‘whole’ student,” said Symphony Director of Education and Community Engagement Emilia Smith. “His commitment to responding to each student’s unique learning style is remarkable.” That commitment has taken him beyond the band room and into a role as a key  innovator in education.

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Putting Skills to Work

G. started his professional teaching career working with in Instructional Technology in the Beaverton School District while pursuing his undergraduate degree in music education at PSU.  He went on to become the director of the highly regarded band and orchestra program at Aloha High School from 1997-2010, leading the marching band, two pep bands, a ninth-grade concert band, a 10th-12th grade symphonic band, a wind ensemble and two jazz bands, while mentoring scores of students in and out of the classroom.  In 2011 he was one of 50 teachers selected from around the world to attend the Google Teacher Academy in Sydney, Australia which he credits for helping him realize the power of technology and how it can change education for the better.

The current chapter of his professional teaching life is at Raleigh Hills K-8 school in Portland, where he endeavors to develop creative capacity in children through technology and the arts.  The program focuses on video game design, web design, film-making, sound-design, photography and other technology arts.   He wrote and implemented a $237,000 technology immersion grant at Raleigh Hills, which has become an inspiring laboratory for innovation and creativity.  In collaboration with Raleigh Hills principal John Peplinski,  he developed StudentSource, a games-based, interactive online curriculum that  provides students in technology specials class an environment where they are given great autonomy and the opportunity for mastery and purpose at their own pace.   StudentSource is currently serving about 20,000 students in Beaverton.

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Adding Something Unique

With all that he has going on, G maintains an active musical life. He especially enjoys performing with two groups he co-founded, The 12th Avenue Hotclub and Groove Revelation. On a given night you might also catch him playing with the Tracy Kim Trio, The Blackstone Edge Band or even the occasional musical or show.  He is an active music educator, clinician, and adjudicator in the Northwest.

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What Did PSU Music Mean to You?

“I loved music, but never had private lessons until college.  I felt very encouraged by Stan Stanford, and many other professors in the department, including Dr. Tuttle and Charley Gray.  I was given the support and encouragement to become a competent musician and have had great fortune in my professional career.  I attribute much of my success as a high school band director to my training and experience at PSU.  I now endeavor to build creative capacity in children through technology and the arts.”


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