Chris Simmons ’11 (Music Teacher, Steubenville Central Catholic School)

The Ashland University music department shaped my passion for music and teaching into a complete teacher personality. The faculty helped to guide me not only academically, but personally and musically, along the right path to achieve my goal of being a music teacher. I have wonderful memories of learning and interacting with faculty and fellow students at Ashland, and I still keep in touch with many of them. Most importantly, the department's commitment to lifelong learning and musicianship encourages the same commitment from their students, and that really does make the difference between a good school and a great one. In terms of great schools, Ashland and their music department will always rank highly on my list.