Growing up in Decorah, Cassidy Noring found her passion for music in her middle school and high school band classes.
“I enjoyed every minute of my band experiences and couldn’t wait to share the joy of music with other students,” Noring says. After graduating from high school, she attended the University of Northern Iowa and went on to be a part of her collegiate band as well.
Noring began her teaching career at ADM seven years ago. She began as the fifth grade band and middle school choir instructor, and this year she became the 6 – 8 instrumental music instructor. Each day begins with band rehearsals for either the high school or the middle school bands. Noring assists with the high school band twice a week. The rest of the week she has the sixth grade band or the seventh/eighth grade band. Between all sixth, seventh and eighth grade band students, Noring teaches about 100 band lessons every week. Depending on the time of year she also teaches extracurricular activities such as jazz band.
Noring’s favorite part of the day is seeing the musical growth in her students. She feels although the students may not see the week-to-week progress, she tries to make sure they recognize their monthly or quarterly growth.
When asked what she gained personally from her job, Noring says she is always learning and adapting.
“I love the cycle of a school year. Each August I start with new ideas, new ways of thinking, and new students,” she says. “I experience personal growth musically and pedagogically.”
Noring feels the practical outcome of her work is to teach students to how to read music and apply it to their playing. Noring believes if her students feel comfortable reading music now, they will be more likely to continue playing music throughout their lives.
Outside of work, Noring stays busy with her family. She and her husband, Tim, have two kids: Aubrey a 3-year-old who loves to dance and create. Jake is 7 months old and just started learning to crawl. She and her husband enjoy supporting both UNI sporting and music departments and attend as many events as they can.