Over 40 years experience in music education at the elementary, secondary and university levels as a teacher, conductor, performer and administrator. Mr. Blanton’s experience includes 15 years teaching band and orchestra in the public schools of Richardson and Klein, Texas and 10 years as Director of Bands and Professor of Music Education at Texas Christian University in Ft. Worth, Texas and 15 years as Director of Fine Arts for the Klein School District in Northwest Harris County. The district recently honored Mr. Blanton by naming the newly constructed music facility at Klein High School the “Bob Blanton Music Wing” in recognition to his service to the district.
He holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from The University of North Texas and West Texas A&M and has worked toward a Ph.D. in Music Education at UNT. In addition he has earned the Faculty of Fine Arts Diploma in Conducting and Wind Literature from the University of Calgary.
Mr. Blanton has been able to pursue both his long time interest in the Suzuki teaching philosophy and a newly developed passion for classical guitar performance since his retirement. Private guitar study with Terry Gaschen and Ingo Sveinsson and Suzuki study and observation with Andrea Cannon.