Average 4.83 based on 48 teacher ratings
Paul Norris is a Music teacher at Swanson Middle School located in Arlington, Virginia and part of arlington public schools. Paul Norris' 48 teacher ratings contributes to Swanson Middle School's ranking of 323 in Virginia. Additionally, the average teacher rating at Swanson Middle School is 4.06 stars.
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Mr.Norris makes me feel like I should have joined the band at my other middle school. He is an amazing band teacher and I highly recommend band.

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A very smart, influential teacher. Great teacher and a fun person to be around.

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Mr. Norris is so awesome! He always know how to make us laugh. We have so many funny jokes in band class. He has such a great passion for band. We love you Mr. Norris

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Mr. Norris is the best band teacher eva! I was in honors band, and while mr. Fisher was great, he didn't have nearly the energy of enthusiasm as Mr. Norris. I will say that Mr. Norris is strict, but that's probably why we (the band) are so good.

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He almost makes me wish I had taken band in 4th grade - don't get me wrong, I love violin and viola, but he seems like an awesome teacher. He turns tomato-red when he's mad, though. That doesn't happen often, though. When I listened in on a rehearsal, the students actually paid attention! That's a shocker, coming from an orchestra-member that always talks when Mr. Hartman isn't looking. Or even when he is.

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I had a great time in band and all my friends in orchestra kept saying how much cooler mr Norris was than mr hartman! I learned so much from mr Norris and bend is patient and a great teacher!!

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All that and a bag of chips! ^.^

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Mr. Norris is an awesome teacher and a lot of fun. GO MR. NORRIS!

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This guy is awesome. His name has become synonymous with the Swanson Music Department, and for good reason. It does make me sad, though, that there are a few people who are too self-absorbed to control their tounges, causing him to do his only annoying thing- go on repetetive rants about sounding like an elementary or high school band. But he IS right, so I can't blame him.

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Though strict, he is a great teacher. Swanson Band does great because of him. He may make you work hard, but it does pay off in the end. Even when he loses his temper, you know it's because he cares about his job. If you do well, he's awesome, but if you goof off, you will face consequences.

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Mr. Norris is a super amazing totally awesome band director. He is fair, respectful, and doesn't play favorites. He really wants the band to be the best that it can be, and there is a lot to be said for that.

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Mr. Norris is one of the best teachers I have ever had. His class is the one I look forward to the most every day!

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mr.norris hates me and i dont really like him but he is good at what he does

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THE BEST

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I had Mr. Norris as a teacher in 1996-2000. A long time ago for you current students. He nurtured my love of percussion, and started me in playing the drumset. In 2002, I joined the Levine School of Music's "Virginia Big Band" which he conducted (and maybe still does). Let me just say that he inspired in me, the ability and the passion for music that enabled me to continue playing throughout high school and college and hopefully later on into my life. You will not regret taking any classes with him.

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Mr. Norris is a great band director. He holds the kids to high standards but is also patient and persistent. He creates high-performing bands and gives the kids a lot of pride in their performance.

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Mr. Noris is great at teaching even though some people say he is mean. I am glad I have him as a theacher and not a teacher who sits around and just conducts a band. He actualy teaches us somthing!

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Mr. Norris is second to none. He's an amazing, inspirational teacher who encourages everyone, has high expectations, demands respect, and always shows praise when earned.

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He is the best Band teacher I have EVER had.

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Mr. Norris isnt the wonderful teacher you think he is! GRRRR! He is rude and inconsiderate of others! He is rude and obnoxious! He can make you so mad you could scream!

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he is awsome!! mr. norris always is helpful

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he is my star teacher this year and my band teacher. he is awsome. we are going to NYC baby 8-) thank goodness he is getting nominated for teacher of the year. he is great

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mr norris is tight hes also a great musician cya next year

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the best band teacher in the world. that's why swanson wins all the competitions. take band next year if your a 6th grader, its a lot of fun.

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go Mr Norris!!!

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Mr. Norris is awesome! i was in wind ensemble during my 6th grade year as a trumpet player and mr. norris is my favrit teacher

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Mr. N: you rock! I've known you for 3 years now, and band has been so cool over those years. You are an AWESOME teacher, and I'm gonna miss you nest year!

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THE best teacher EveR. mr norris is an awesome guy, an incredible percussionist, and a smart, nice teacher

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Mr.Norris rocks! Go Wind ensemble!!!! Woo hooh!!!! ya ya ya y a y a ya

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best band teacher ever

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The practice charts he gave last year is one of the many things that makes him cool, and helpful, so if you have a problem with that, I will hunt you down!

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He is THE BEST teacher to ever walk the earth. So what if we had practice charts? BOO HOO! Mr. Norris rox!

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He's the best teacher, he's strict but fun. If you don't play an instrument, pick one up, if you do, continue playing with Mr. Norris. He's the bomb!

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He is really nice and always helpful! It's great that he can have fun with the band AND be serious at the same time! :)

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He is so much fun!

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You're awsome Mr. Noris! Jazz band rules!

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Could he be anymore cooler

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He makes band fun... the practice chart thing is kinda annoying... some of us dont have the time to practice that much...

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He is the coolest teacher ever. Band Rocks!

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He's really nice. Not too srict, not too easy, just right.

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He is the coolest and best teacher ever!!!!! His class is really fun!!!!

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