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Sonja Freeman Becknell
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Band Mission Statement:The mission of the Mt Mourne Band Program is to provide its students with an enjoyable experience in music, ultimately guiding each student toward having a life that is enriched by listening to and creating music. This experience will be achieved through high standards of musical excellence, personal responsibility, and a strong work ethic. In pursuit of this goal, students will develop self esteem, confidence, character and meaningful relationships with others.
About Mrs. Becknell
Sonja F. Becknell
Director of Bands, Grades 6-8
Sonja Becknell will be entering her 11th year of teaching and has been the band director at Mt Mourne School since it’s opening in 2009. Since starting the band program at Mt Mourne, Mrs. Becknell has consistently increased the school’s involvement in both the Northwest District Honor Bands, as well as Iredell-Statesville Schools Honor Bands, and had several students qualify at the NC State level. Additionally, the band program has earned both Excellent and two Superior ratings at the NC Music Performance Adjudication under her direction.
In 2008, she received her Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Western Carolina University with a concentration in harp performance. Throughout college, she was able to participate in several ensembles with focus on performing the flute, piccolo, and harp. These ensembles included the "Pride of the Mountains" Marching Band, WCU Symphonic Band, WCU Wind Ensemble, Artist-In-Residence Orchestra, and Concert Choir. Mrs. Becknell is an active member of the National Association for Music Education, North Carolina Music Educator’s Association, the Northwest District Bandmasters Association, and the Iredell-Statesville Schools Band Director’s Association. She has completed MYP Level I and II training in Music and IB Assessment training.
In 2009, she married her high school sweetheart, Ryan Becknell, who also happens to have a passion for music and playing percussion. They reside in Troutman, NC with a very fluffy cat named KiKi. In February of 2014, they welcomed their first child (Owen) into the world. He is now 4 years old, full of adventure, and a big fan of MMS Band Concerts!
While in college Sonja Becknell was hired in the position of Staff Coordinator to run logistics for the "Pride of the Mountains" marching band that consisted of over 300 members. In the summer of 2008, she was hired as the assistant band director at Brawley Middle School. The following school year, she was appointed the position of Director of Bands at both Mt Mourne and Northview IB Schools. Mrs. Becknell now serves solely as the Director of Bands at Mt Mourne and looks forward to sharing her passion for music education with others!