Visiting Assistant Professor of Music Education
"You must know what you know, what you don't know, and have a clearly defined plan to grow. Faith & Family must be at the top of your priority list every minute of every day. A balance must be established and followed to keep all of this working."
Michael Parks is currently serving as a Visiting Professor of Music Education at Florida Southern College. Mr. Parks retired in 2010 from a 35 year career with the Orange County Public Schools in Orlando, serving a s a Junior High and High School Band Director, Coordinator of Instrumental Music, and finally, as District Music Supervisor. Mr. Parks is active as a guest conductor/clinician for honors bands throughout Florida and the Southeast United States, as an adjudicator for the Florida Orchestra Association, and has served as a Florida All-State Band Conductor in 1995 and 2001. Professional organizations include Phi Beta Mu International Band Directors Fraternity, Florida Bandmasters Association and the Florida Orchestra Association. Key leadership roles have included Elder in his church, PTA President at this son's elementary school, President of his state fraternity and as a member of the Board of Directors of the International fraternity in Chicago, Illinois.
Following his retirement Mr. Parks accepted a position as Festival Director with OrlandoFest Music Festivals in Orlando where he looks forward to a successful 2nd career proving quality musical and educational experiences for students, music teachers and parents. He strongly believes that the Arts provide the cohesive center that unites all learning and creates the 'whole child' that is so strongly desired during this time of educational reform.
M. Ed., University of Central Florida
B.A., Florida Technological University