Symposium Sneak Peak: Find out what keeps Caleb Rothe awake at night.

“What keeps you up at night?” It all started with that question.

One of the sessions I’ll be presenting at the 2017 Arcadia Music and Arts Symposium, entitled The State of Education, will dive headfirst into our educational systems at large, and the indispensable role the modern, forward-thinking music educator can play in helping to prepare our students for what lies ahead.

How do we make the art of musicianship an essential skill for all learners? Is it a core component of a well-rounded education, or a niche endeavor for only those so inclined? How do we keep the arts relevant and essential in our schools? How do we use music education as a platform for student achievement and as fertile ground for model uses of the four C’s?

We’ll take a long look at where we’ve been, where we are, and where we’re headed, both on a macro and micro level. We’ll look at optimizing instructional minutes, empowering students to take the most active role possible, and perhaps re-thinking some of our teaching practices to foster even stronger student outcomes.

I hope you’ll join me as we explore the current state of education, wrestle with some of the most pressing questions facing educators of all stripes, and investigate possible solutions and action plans to meet these challenges head-on.

Join us on June 22nd, to find out just what keeps me up at night.


Caleb Rothe

Caleb Rothe

is an Instructional Technology Teacher on Assignment for the Redlands Unified School District, specializing in helping teachers incorporate more technology into their classroom practices and learning activities. He previously taught math and percussion and served as the mathematics department chair at Cope Middle School.

Mr. Rothe is also the Percussion Education Coordinator for WGI Sport of the Arts. He has previously served as a program director, arranger, and instructor for Ayala HS (1997-2009), Pulse Percussion (2004-2007), and Rancho Cucamonga HS (2000-2004) and served as a front ensemble arranger and instructor for Upland HS (2004-2006), Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps (2010), and Impulse Drum and Bugle Corps (2004-2006).

Caleb has served as an adjudicator at events across the United States, Europe, and Asia. His judging experience includes work with WGI Sport of the Arts, Drum Corps International, Bands of America, and a number of local and regional marching arts organizations and events across the United States.