Michelle Black is the Director of Bands at Pearson Middle School. Her teaching responsibilities include directing Symphonic Band, assisting Concert Band, and teaching the beginning Flute, Oboe, Bassoon, Clarinet, and Saxophone classes.
Mrs. Black is currently in her 15th year of teaching and 4th year at Pearson Middle School. Prior to working at Pearson, she was the director of bands at Vivian Field Middle School in Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD, and the assistant director of bands at Wester Middle School (Frisco ISD), Centennial High School (Frisco ISD), and in Lake Travis ISD. Bands under her direction have consistently earned successful ratings at UIL and festival competitions. Mrs. Black studied Music Education at Baylor University with an emphasis in bassoon. Her professional affiliations include the Texas Music Educators Association, the Texas Bandmasters Association, and the music fraternity Mu Phi Epsilon.
While not at school, Mrs. Black enjoys exercising, reading, crafting, cooking, and spending time with her dog, Daisy. She and her husband live in McKinney.
Morgan Jenson is the Assistant Director of Bands at Pearson Middle School. His teaching responsibilities include directing Concert Band, assisting Symphonic Band, and teaching the beginning Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, Euphonium, and Tuba classes.
Prior to his appointment at Pearson, Mr. Jenson taught at Webb Middle School in Garland ISD and at Bozman Intermediate School in Conroe ISD. While at both schools, bands under Mr. Jenson’s direction had many competitive successes, including earning Sweepstakes at the UIL Concert and Sight-Reading Evaluation. Mr. Jenson also spent the 2016-2018 summers on tour with the Genesis Drum and Bugle Corps where he assisted teaching the visual program.
Mr. Jenson graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of North Texas with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education. While there, he studied tuba with Don Little and Jesse Orth and was a member of the Concert Band under Dr. Nicholas Williams, the North Texas Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble, and the Green Brigade, of which he was the tuba section leader. It was also while in college that Mr. Jenson spent two summers performing with the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps. His professional affiliations include Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, International Tuba Euphonium Association, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.
When not teaching band, Mr. Jenson enjoys spending time with his wife, Crystal, his 1 year-old son, Oliver, and their three dogs. He is very excited to be working with the wonderful students at Pearson Middle School this year!
Scott Baldwin is the Percussion Coordinator at Reedy High School, Pearson Middle School, and Pioneer Heritage Middle School. He received a BM and MAT in Music Education from the University of Louisville, and a MM in Percussion Performance from the University of Florida. Mr. Baldwin marched with the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps ('98), and Pioneer Drum and Bugle Corps ('95-'97).
Prior to his appointment in Frisco ISD, Mr. Baldwin served as the Percussion Coordinator of the Hebron Cluster from 2002-2015. He coordinated all activities percussion related from grades 6-12 including the marching percussion through the concert percussion ensembles. The group has performed with various artists such as Gregg Bissonette, Steve Smith, Lalo Davila, Tommy Igoe, Will Kennedy and Dave Samuels.
In 2010, the Hebron Marching Band was awarded the John Philip Sousa Foundation's Sudler Shield Award recognizing “Marching Bands of World Class Excellence”. The Hebron Marching Band was also the silver medalist at both the 2012 and 2014 UIL State Marching Contest, won BOA Regional Championships in 2013 and 2014 along with multiple caption awards for Outstanding Music and General Effect. In 2010, the Hebron Wind Symphony was invited to perform at BOTH the prestigious Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago in 2010 and as the TMEA State Honor Band! In 2012, they received the Sudler Flag for "significant high standards of excellence in concert activities."
He is an active clinician, adjudicator and performer throughout the country. His professional affiliations include the Percussive Arts Society, Texas Music Educators Association and Phi Mu Alpha Professional Music Fraternity. Mr. Baldwin is an educational endorser for Pro Mark Sticks/Mallets, Evans Drumheads, Pearl Drums/Adams Percussion and Sabian Cymbals. He resides in The Colony with his wife Sarah and their two wonderful children, Rebecca and Elijah.
Emily Magee is the Assistant Percussion Director with Reedy High School in Frisco, Texas, where she also works with Pearson Middle School and Pioneer Heritage Middle School. She specializes in keyboard and world percussion and loves to perform professionally on the side. Emily received her Bachelor’s Degree from Middle Tennessee State University in Instrumental Music Education, and her Master’s Degree from Texas Christian University in Percussion Performance. She has proudly studied under Lalo Davila, Dr. Brian Mueller, Julie Davila, Matt Jordan, Dr. Brian A West, and Joey Carter.
In the education world, Emily has taught many high school and middle school percussion programs throughout Tennessee, North Carolina, and Texas. She is proud to have co-instructed the Rock Springs Middle School Percussion Ensemble as they performed at the 2018 TMEA in Tennessee. She also co-owns and operates a marching percussion arrangement/composition company, EMDS Percussion.
Emily is proudly involved with the Percussive Arts Society and has been a member since 2015. She won the 2016 Chamber Percussion Competition and currently serves as the committee chair for the University Student Committee. Emily proudly endorses Innovative Percussion.
Emily marched four seasons of DCI and two seasons of WGI: Colts (2015), Blue Knights (2016/2017), and Colts (2019), Atlanta Quest (2016), and Music City Mystique (2017). She now works as a front ensemble technician for the Mandarins Drum and Bugle Corps. In her free time, Emily enjoys learning new percussion instruments and styles, going on scenic bike rides, and cooking.