Burton Hable is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Music Education from Boston University. Prior to moving to Virginia in the summer of 2018, he taught instrumental music in Iowa for eight years.
In 2013 he helped open Centennial High School in Ankeny, the first time in forty years that a school district in Iowa expanded to two high schools. He served there through 2018 as Assistant Director of Bands: conducting the 10th Grade Symphonic Band, directing the varsity Jazz Collective, creating and directing a third high school jazz band, co-directing the Centennial Marching and Pep Bands, teaching music theory, and providing individual and small group lessons to brass students in grades 6-12 at Prairie Ridge Middle School, Northview Middle School, and Centennial High School. During his tenure in Ankeny, enrollment in band grew from 450 to nearly 700 students, the jazz program expanded from four to seven ensembles, and ensembles under his direction were invited to perform at Iowa State University, Harper College, and the Veterans Day Parade in New York City.
The genesis of this blog arose from the work Burton did with his professional learning community in Ankeny. Their team developed a model of vertical teaching and standards-based instruction across three buildings and seven grades of ensembles. Originally, the blog was used as a reflection tool, but as their work grew, it spawned a website dedicated to A Standards-Referenced Instrumental Music Program. Burton also has used this blog to give his thoughts on educational funding, pedagogy, much of his work from his Master of Music Education from VanderCook College of Music, and many other topics.
From 2010-2013, Burton served first as Assistant, then as Director of Bands, at West High School in Waterloo, working with every wind ensemble in the school: Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, Jazz I and II, the Wahawk Marching Band, and the Wahawk Pep Band. He also served on a task force charged with creating a system of instruction that did not involve academic pull-out lessons for middle school music courses.
Burton holds a Master of Music Education degree from VanderCook College of Music and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Iowa State University. His teachers and mentors include Joel Poppen, Paul Brizzi, Dr. David Stuart, Dr. Mike Golemo, Dr. Matt Smith, and Tony Kidonakis. He has performed on trombone with ensembles from Iowa State University and VanderCook College of Music, the Central Iowa Symphony, and municipal bands in Ames, Ankeny, Cedar Falls, Waterloo, and Charlottesville. Burton has also conducted ensembles at Iowa State University, the University of Iowa, the University of Northern Iowa, West Des Moines Valley High School, the Iowa Bandmasters Association conference, and the Ames Municipal Band.