The spotlight is on the Director of the Orchestra, Samuel Tsugawa, who has been teaching since 1987. He has enjoyed making music at both Springville Junior High and High School. “He’s outgoing, and not afraid of anything. He’s nice and very awesome,” Hayde Blanco, an orchestra student said. “I enjoyed making music all through junior high and high school. This experience in high school made me make up my mind to become a music teacher,” Mr. Tsugawa said.
Mr. Tsugawa attended Brigham Young University and graduated in 1987. His first teaching job was in Hawaii, and then he moved back to Utah. He started teaching at Springville Junior High School and Springville High School in 1989.
“I like coming up with new ideas to help students learn and love music,” Mr.Tsugawa said. Students appreciate Mr. Tsugawa and all that he teaches them. “Mr. Tsugawa is really funny. He likes to joke around a lot. He makes boring music really fun. He is a cool teacher,” said Sarah Jensen, another orchestra student.
Mr. Tsugawa grew up in Hawaii where no ethnic group made a majority at school. Mr. Tsugawa loves that there are a lot of different types of people at Springville Junior High School. “They learn to get along. It’s cool having so many types of friends,” said Mr. Tsugawa.
“Teaching was a great career choice,” said Mr. Tsugawa. Mr. Tsugawa spends at least 10 hours a day at school, planning lessons, practicing instruments, or doing homework. He also gets along with students but, he feels sorry for students who are not respectful, he thinks they will not reach their potential they could have and should try harder. “Most students turn out smart and respectful,” said Mr. Tsugawa.