Grosvenor Teacher Fellow
Nicholas Gattis currently serves as Band Director at Carmel Middle School in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School District, North Carolina. His teaching responsibilities include 6-8th Grade Band, Jazz Band, and Arts Education. Mr. Gattis, a native of Snellville, Georgia, graduated from Western Carolina University with a Bachelors of Science in Music Education, cum laude.
Most recently Mr. Gattis was awarded a 2018 Distinguished Young Alumni Award from WCU. In 2016 he received a Grosvenor Teacher Fellowship with National Geographic and Lindblad Expeditions and completed a Circumnavigation of Iceland aboard the National Geographic Explorer collecting field recordings to discover musical connections in the natural world. Additionally, Mr. Gattis was awarded the 2012-13 Council Scholar by the World Affairs Council Charlotte allowing him to study in Costa Rica. Furthering his work as a global educator Mr. Gattis served as a consultant with the Globally Competent Teaching Continuum through UNC-Chapel Hill and completed the World View Global Educators Leadership Program in 2017.
Primary research interests include the pedagogical use of shape notation as a method to improve music literacy in nineteenth century American churches. He has presented original research at conferences including the American Musical Instrument Society, Nineteenth Century Studies Association, Southern Appalachian Culture Series at Gardner-Webb University, and guest lectured undergraduate music classes. Additionally, Mr. Gattis presented research twice at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research and the WCU Undergraduate Expo.
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