Title: Music Educator
Company: Parkland Community College
Location: Champaign, Illinois, United States
Rodney Mueller, Music Educator at Parkland Community College, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the field of music education.
Passionate about music, Dr. Mueller has dedicated his career to teaching others about the craft. He has been a private string teacher as well as the director of the Parkland College Orchestra at Parkland Community College in Champaign, IL, since 2015. Having always enjoyed music, Dr. Mueller decided to pursue teaching while earning a Bachelor of Arts in music from Wheaton College, IL, in 1976. He remains grateful to his phenomenal cello teacher from middle school well as an attentive cello teacher from Wheaton College who helped him realize he wanted to work with children. Dr. Mueller then earned a Bachelor of Music Education in string education in 1977 and a Master of Music in music education in 1982, both from Northern Michigan University, as well as a Doctor of Education in string education from the University of Illinois in 1997. He has held numerous positions throughout his career, including, but not limited to, director and string teacher for the De Pere School District in De Pere, WI, orchestra director and strong teacher for Grinnell-Newburg CSD in Grinnell, IA instrumental area coordinator of the fine arts department for Prairie College in Canada and numerous responsibilities with the University of Illinois.
Sharing his knowledge with others, Dr. Mueller has written “Internet resources for string teachers and players,” has presented in the field of music and has performed as a conductor and musician for various recitals, orchestras and performances. He is especially proud of his contributions to the Visualized Vibrato, a multimedia program that aids in the teaching and learning processes of the violin and viola vibrato. Bettering any organization with which he is affiliated, Dr. Mueller has held membership with various organizations such as the Suzuki Association of the Americas, the Iowa String Teachers Association, the National School Orchestra Association, and the National Association for Music Education. Dr. Mueller has won numerous awards for his success, fondly remembering when a student of his nominated him for the Teacher Tribute Award from Stanford University, which he won in 2003, as well as receiving the Outstanding Public School Teacher Award from the Illinois American String Teachers Association with the National School Orchestra Association in 2002. When he is not teaching, Dr. Mueller enjoys spending time and playing music with his wife, Linnea Christine Danielson, who is a private piano teacher. In recognition of his notoriety, Dr. Mueller has been presenting with The Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award and has been featured in multiple editions of Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in American Education.
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