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Mustang Music Educator Becomes Hall of Famer
(Mustang, Oklahoma – September 8, 2021) – Mustang Central Middle School and Meadow Brook Intermediate School instrumental music teacher, Dr. Michael Raiber, is already a published author and is a Grammy-nominated music educator, but now he adds Oklahoma Bandmasters Association (OBA) Hall of Fame honors to his distinguished resume.
Dr. Raiber joined Darrin Davis and James Morrison as inductees into the 2021 OBA Hall of Fame class at their annual convention in July; the Hall of Fame dates back to 1966 when A.E. Findley was the first inductee to be recognized for his lifelong dedication to the betterment of Bands in the state of Oklahoma.
“To say that Dr. Raiber was influential on my life is an understatement,” said Ryan Edgmon, Mustang Public School District Director of Bands. “He has been a mentor, a friend, an inspiration, someone who always holds that bar so high and yet always encourages you to not only meet it but surpass it.” His influence extends well beyond the city limits of Mustang and even beyond the bounds of Oklahoma as he has served in those roles to countless others across the nation. Newly named Executive Director of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), Robyn Hilger, explains that “Dr. Raiber has had an incalculable impact on music education in our state and country; there is hardly a [band] director who doesn’t have a story about how Dr. Raiber supported them in their growth as a teacher.”
Beginning in Mustang in 2019 with the opening of Central Middle School, Dr. Raiber previously served as a Professor of Music and held the Busey Chair in Music Education at Oklahoma City University. He has also taught undergraduate and graduate courses at the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University. His public school teaching experience includes fifteen years at schools in Missouri and Oklahoma. He is a native Oklahoman, attending high school in the Tulsa area, and earning both a BME and MME from the University of Tulsa. He then completed his Ph.D. in music education at the University of Oklahoma. His professional affiliations include the National Association for Music Education (where he has held the offices of the National Association for Music Education’s President of the Southwest Division and served as a member of the National Executive Board), Oklahoma Music Educators Association, and the Society for Music Teacher Education. In January 2019, Dr. Raiber was nominated for Grammy Music Educator of the Year. Raiber was nominated for the award by a former student and his sister-in-law for his efforts as a music educator at OCU and El Sistema, a nonprofit after-school organization that provides a combination of music instruction and youth development through music. Raiber was nominated for the award for the first time in 2013.
In addition to his teaching, Dr. Raiber recently co-authored a textbook with Dr. David Teachout, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, titled The Journey from Music Student to Teacher: A Professional Approach. Equally founded in research and practice, this book espouses a new approach to preparing future professional music educators. Mike lives in Norman with his wife Lisa and two dogs, Roxi and Sophie. They have two adult daughters, Erin who teaches music in Denton, Texas and Oliva a physical therapist in Moore, Oklahoma.
Since joining the ranks of the Mustang Broncos, Dr. Raiber has founded a Tri-M® Music Honor Society chapter (a program of National Association for Music Education, or NAfME), received one of only ten grants for the program in a nationwide application process, has hosted guest musicians such as University of Oklahoma Band Director, and has impacted unknown students with his love of music...and life. “I always knew I wanted to end my career teaching in public schools and specifically in middle school – it’s just such an opportunity to help these students find what they want to do and how much music can enrich their lives and the lives of those around them,” Raiber said. “I’ve loved my career; I’ve been beyond lucky to have had the opportunities and experiences I’ve had, but the absolute honor of my life is teaching.”