B.J. Whitehouse is a music teacher with 32 years of experience in the general music classroom. He recently retired from :the Little Compton Schools where he had taught for 26 years. Prior to that he taught at the Block Island (RI) School as well as public schools in Elyria and Oberlin, Ohio.
He has been the music director for the Jamestown Community Chorus since 1989 where he has prepared over 70 music choral music programs. At present, he works part-time at Mystic Seaport and in the East Greenwich (RI) public schools.
He has written eight middle-school level musicals, three of which are available for purchase at www.bjwhitehouse.com
In 2010, Mr. Whitehouse was cited by the RI Commissioner of Education as one of eight outstanding educators in the state in her ‘State-of-Education’ speech to the Rhode Island General Assembly.
B.J. has presented workshops at the local, regional and national level on the subject of sea shanties. This type of work song melds nicely with any number of percussion techniques and can be used as the basis for deep rhythmic education with children, especially with Orff-Schulwerk.
Also, it is a natural fit for those of us who live in the “Ocean State!”