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Bryan Station’s Kelly Mayes presented Outstanding Service Award from String Teachers Association

Kelly Mayes of Bryan Station High School was recently presented the 2017 Outstanding Service Award from the Kentucky chapter of the American String Teachers Association (KY ASTA).

“I am humbled to receive this honor from a group of dedicated string teachers from across the state. Each of us works diligently in the service of music education, and to be recognized by this group is quite an honor,” said Mayes, who accepted the award Feb. 10 in Louisville at the annual ASTA luncheon.

Kelly Mayes

Mayes has worked five years at Bryan Station, where she is assistant orchestra director and co-leader of the StationARTS program. She also teaches fourth- and fifth-grade orchestra at Cardinal Valley Elementary. Previously, she spent 11 years at Lexington Traditional Magnet School.

“Besides teaching students the technical side of learning to play an instrument, I try to instill a love of music so that students will enjoy, respect, and support music and the arts for the rest of their lives,” Mayes said. “To me, music is more than just teaching students to play the notes on the page. While technique is important, I feel that students should be able to express thoughts, emotions, and stories through their performance.” 

A graduate of Mason County High School in Maysville, Mayes earned a degree in music education from Eastern Kentucky University. She has also continued postgraduate studies at EKU.

From FCPS Communications 

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