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Reflections from the Class of 2011: Marshall Keough

Published: 5-5-2011 4:45 pm


With student teaching and his undergraduate classes now behind him, Marshall Keough plans to take the lessons he learned from his Wayne State professors and confidently apply them in his own classroom.

"Not only do I feel that I have a good grasp of my content area and that I've reached an appropriate level of musicianship," he said, "I also feel that I'm prepared to teach what I've learned to others and also further myself through continuing education."

Keough, originally from Arcadia, majored in music education and K-12 vocal and instrumental studies and will graduate Summa cum Laude on Saturday. Wayne State, the community and his music professors, whom Keough refers to as "high-caliber musicians" and "excellent educators," were a perfect fit for him as a student.

"I truly believe that I received a customized education that fit me in the best way possible," he said. "From private lessons to pedagogy classes, I was given a relevant, meaningful and useful education that was developed to prepare me for my career."

Keough also got a lesson in time-management, as he carried large class loads, worked several jobs and participated in multiple ensembles and performances. His senior recital took him several semesters to plan the music and memorize the 45-minute presentation, which he now views as his greatest accomplishment at Wayne.

His leadership positions within the music department include being a section leader, president for choir, Music Educators National Conference secretary, peer tutor in music and a drum major. He has been involved with Madrigals, wind ensemble, marching band, jazz band, symphonic band, chorale, keyboard ensemble, Blue Key and Phi Kappa Phi honor society.

Despite the long hours and dedication outside of class that often comes with college and applying oneself in a field of study, he still found time to build friendships and meet his wife, Victoria, who graduated from Wayne State in December and works as an elementary school teacher. They will be celebrating their two-year anniversary this summer.

"At Wayne State I developed many friendships that will continue beyond graduation and infinite accompanying memories that I will have the rest of my life," Keough said. "Through my course of study, I was able to work with brilliant professors and peers who have left a lasting impression on me. There was laughter, as well as tears, but I wouldn't trade any of the experiences I had at Wayne State College."

Marshall and Victoria want to teach in Omaha for now and start a family. They hope to one day teach abroad. Marshall may also pursue a doctorate in music education.


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