Brittan Braddock ‘09 visited Concordia University Chicago for the first time to audition for a music scholarship her senior year of high school. “I was aware that CUC had one of the best music programs in the Concordia system,” remembers Braddock. “I was excited about its location near Chicago and all the musical opportunities living in that area would provide.”
Braddock graduated from Concordia-Chicago with a degree in music education and an instrumental emphasis that prepared her to serve in diverse classroom settings. Her first teaching position was at Austin High School on the Chicago’s west side. She faced the challenge of teaching general music to high school students with no instruments, books, technology or set curriculum.
“My CUC education gave me the resources to be a successful teacher in any situation,” Braddock says. “Using what I learned, I not only survived my first year but also positively impacted students and the community through music.” In recognition of her exemplary work she received the Favorite Teacher award at the Austin Business and Entrepreneurship Academy in Chicago.
Today, Braddock teaches band to about 150 students ranging from fifth grade through high school in Westcliffe and in Cotopaxi, Colorado. Her list of achievements is steadily growing. Most recently, she obtained the College Band Director’s National Association Gender and Ethnicity Conducting Study Grant and was a conducting participant at the Art of Wind Band Teaching Symposium at the University of Minnesota.
Looking forward, Braddock plans to continue teaching before enrolling in a graduate program for wind band conducting and music education. Eventually, she plans to become a college wind ensemble director to help shape young musicians.