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Keith Ballard (CA '03)


Southwest Middle School
San Diego, CA

Subject(s) taught: Mariachi and Steel Drum
Grade(s): 7, 8

At the time of the Award, Keith Ballard was:

Montgomery Middle School
San Diego, CA

Subject(s) taught: Music
Grade(s): 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Biographical Information

At Southwest Middle School in San Diego, music teacher Keith R. Ballard teaches more than scales and chords. His students learn about self-esteem, cultural sensitivity and the importance of academics. Mr. Ballard started Southwest Middle School's "Island Steel Drum Band" and mariachi ensemble. More than 200 students are currently involved in his music program, many of whom never played an instrument previously. Members of the mariachi band have maintained good grades while traveling the country to perform on the Today Show,for President Bill Clinton and George Bush. His music programs have been featured on national TV six times and over 30 times on local television. Ballard has published 4 times in professional education / music journals. Mr. Ballard's music programs reflect the school's rich ethnic diversity with Hispanic, African-American, white and Filipino students performing together. Mr. Ballard has a degree in music education and is currently pursuing his master's degree in education administration.

Related Connections

Milestone: Keith Ballard Added to National Teachers Hall of Fame

Keith Ballard In The News

A South Bay Music Teacher is One of Five Educators Nationwide in 2024 'National Teachers Hall of Fame'
KFMB-TV  |  CBS  |  Apr 03, 2024  |  San Diego CA

Arizona students outclassed by China and India?
AZ Central  |  Jun 06, 2012  |  Phoenix, AZ

Additional Information


1993 Arizona State University, B.S.