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Student Teacher Feature: Mr. Moyseenko

posted Feb 18, 2015, 10:49 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Feb 19, 2015, 8:41 AM ]

Alyssa Miller

Bowling Green State University senior, Michael Moyseenko, is the new Varsity Choir and Mixed Chorus student teacher for the second semester. One would think following Ms. Edinger (the previous student teacher) would be difficult but Moyseenko has been well received by students. “The kids are really nice,” Moyseenko says.

Teaching at Van Buren is very different from Moyseenko’s high school, Eastlake North near Cleveland, Ohio.  “It’s a little smaller than what I’m used to but the students are great and it’s fun,” he states.

Moyseenko was inspired to teach by his high school music teacher.  He says his favorite part about teaching is being able to give back to his students.  The most difficult part about teaching is to keep boundaries with his students because he wants to be liked.  He also says he has to adjust to the grade levels.  “I can’t treat my sixth graders like I treat my juniors and seniors.  I can’t treat the juniors and seniors like I would treat my college singers,” Moyseenko explains.

The college senior is a musical education major with a voice specialization; however, he knows a little bit of everything.  Moyseenko can play the clarinet, piano, trumpet, percussion instruments, and violin.  But he says the tuba is his main instrument aside from his voice.

Outside of school, Moyseenko is involved in an all men collegiate a cappella group, Ten40, which is currently ranked fourth in the world.  The group consists of seventeen men; they sing choral, pop, jazz, and barbershop music.  They went to the International Championship for Collegiate A Cappella (ICCA) competition (from  Pitch Perfect) on Jan 31, 2015 in Bowling Green, Ohio and won their quarter finals.

Along with Ten40 and student teaching, Moyseenko is involved in the gaming society, National Society for Collegiate Scholars, Falcon Swing Society, and musical theater at BGSU.  He enjoys swing dancing, cooking, playing video games, and hanging out with his friends.  He also arranges and composes music.

Do you have any hidden talents? I can do impressions and in high school I did some voice acting.  I can beatbox, but that isn’t hidden anymore.  I also design tattoos.

If you could have any celebrity play you in a movie, who would you choose? I would have to pick either Robert Downey, Jr. or Hugh Jackman. Or Emma Stone because she is a fox.

Where is your favorite place to shop for your dress clothes? Express, mostly clearance. You watch the sales, you’ll be alright.

#1 on your bucket list: Be on Broadway or in a major motion picture.

Favorite artist/musician: Right now my favorite band is Down the Line, a four man acoustic rock/country band.

What is your favorite song to sing? “Desperado” by The Eagles

Favorite role you’ve ever played: In a musical, Mr. Mushnik from Little Shop of Horrors. In a straight play, dracula in Brahm Stoker’s “Dracula”.