Thomas Chen

Music Teacher
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Biographical Sketch

I was born in Fort Collins and have lived here all my life. I went to Tavelli, Bauder, and Timnath Elementary, Preston Junior High, and Poudre High School. I earned my Bachelors Degree Magna Cum Laude in 2011, and my Masters Degree in 2013, both in music education.

I started working at Traut in 2011 fresh out of college and have been here ever since.

I am blessed to reside in Timnath with my wife Elizbeth, my daughter, Vivian, my son, Landon, my cat, Fiona, as well as my two dogs Panda, and Tahini. 

What I like about Traut is

All the brilliant children that I get to work with for multiple years. I enjoy the fruits of everyone's labor and love watching the amazing growth that happens as the children  learn and grow.

Hobbies & Interests

During my "free time," I enjoy watching Netflix, reading, Taekwondo, archery, board games, and video games.

My favorite books and authors are

Books by Brandon Sanderson and Mo Willems. Bradon Sanderson writes enthralling fantasy novels, while Mo Willems has a fantastic sense of humor.

Favorite Quote

A man never stands as tall as when he kneels to help a child

About My Classroom

During music, I see one-third of the school four days a week, for 45 minutes each day. In addition to learning Core Knowledge Content, students go through a sequenced music method called Kod├íly, which focuses on learning musical concepts through the use of folk songs. Each grade also has their own unique performance once a year.

Throughout the Traut musical experience, students work on singing, dancing, playing instruments (primarily recorder), music history, performance etiquette, reading and writing music notation. It is a rigorous yet joyful experience as students work diligently to strive for a solid foundation in music to prepare for 6-8 grade Core Knowledge music ensembles. 

Chimes choir will be offered to students twice a week in the fall while the "Music from the Core" choir will be twice a week in the spring. Students in grades 3-5 may join either ensemble and up to 22 auditioned students are accepted into the chimes choir while there is no limit for choir.

Courses Taught

Music Kindergarten through 5th Grade


Chimes Choir

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