Welcome to Music at DeSoto Trail
My name is Randy Baez and I have been the music teacher here at DeSoto Trail since 1999. I am looking forward to having your child in my music class. I moved to Tallahassee from the beautiful Island of Puerto Rico in 1987. I graduated from the University of Puerto Rico with a degree in Music Education. I am a certified K-12 Music Teacher and in 2005 I received the National Board Certification in Early and Middle Childhood Music.
My goal is to educate, develop and inspire students to achieve their full musical potential and provide them the skills for lifelong enjoyment of music. I believe that music education should foster independent and creative musicians, equipped for life long engagement with music and music making. Our music program here at DeSoto Trail is very unique. Each grade gets to participate in a musical production every year, giving the students a wonderful experience on “the big stage.”
When not practicing for a musical, the students in the music room explore music in various ways. I use the Orff-Schulwerk, which is a developmental approach used in music education. It combines music, movement, drama, and speech into lessons that are similar to child's world of play, making all students feel successful in their creation of music.
In my free time I enjoy teaching Zumba Fitness classes and spending time with my family.