Average 4.81 based on 40 teacher ratings
Ken Ponticelli is a Music teacher at Independence High School located in San Jose, California and part of East Side Union High. Ken Ponticelli's 40 teacher ratings contributes to Independence High School's ranking of 1,150 in California. Additionally, the average teacher rating at Independence High School is 4.09 stars.
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He learns all of his students' names, which is an amazing thing. He is overall very understanding and will let some things slide as long as he knows what kind of person you are, but he gets really annoyed at tardy people.

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As someone who has been playing an instrument for 10+ years, and had (sadly) literally dozens of teachers, Ponticelli is the best orchestra teacher I've ever had. He has his issues with certain things, like hats, being late to class, not following directions etc. but class is surprisingly well put together for a single teacher to manage 70 students. If you take music seriously, he is the teacher to have because he will make the entire orchestra good, and able to play very well.

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He's a really nice teacher, and funny! He's very helpful in guitar. He leaves cheats on for exams so you'll be fine with that. Prwctice songs, and he says you have to do 2 performances, but we ended up doing one. His daughter is the sweetest cupcake btw.

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Best music teacher ever.

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Great teacher. He runs a fun and easy class. He's pretty funny and does get off-topic. Take off your hat when you're in class, don't talk when he's talking, and everything will be fine.

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One of the best teachers you can have at Independence.

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A dedicated and caring educator.Fabulous.

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Great music teacher. However, he tends to go off topic A LOT. It can get quite boring or annoying sometimes.

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Cool, but talks WAY too much. It's annoying at times!

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very fun teacher, but he always favors older students during seating auditions. he chooses the seniors first even if they're not as good musicians as the younger ones in the orchestra

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he is a great music teacher. he knows what would help us sound better. they only thing is that he goes on tangents A LOT.

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The coolest conductors ever. But he talks way too much during classss....

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He's like a REALLY nice teacher. easy A. You do learn stuff from him. All i can say is nice easy fun. Oh yea he's funny too haha. Just don't talk so much.

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i think he's a pretty awesome teacher.Really easy if you pay attention atleast. He's funny and sociable too.

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He is one of the best band teachers ever. One thing I don't like is that he let a student teacher teach us for about almost half of the school year. Mr. Ponticelli is 10000x better than him! Literally

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Amazing teacher, tells you specifically what to do and how to do it. Fantastic musician and runs an awesome band program.

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You couldn't ask for better.

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a great music teacher nonetheless

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Was there any better music teacher?

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Mr. P must be one of the best music teachers who ever lived.

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I love Mr. P. HE is a great teacher. And a great asset to our Marching band. JOIN MARCHING BAND!!!

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He visited Piedmont Middle School and from the beginning I thought he was an awesome teacher that I'm going to have next year as a Freshman.

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MARCHING BAND RULES!!!!!!!!!!

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he's really cool and nice

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BEST music dept advisor ever in the history of Independence High School. Thank you for supporting Colour Band and Marching Guard. ;p

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Ponticelli is awesome . . nuff said . . makes me wish I was in high school longer ;-)

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I don't really know him personally, but a great teacher! Today he told a story about hitting someone on the head with a juggling thingy...haha...pretty funny!

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he's a cool band teacher, but sometimes gets carried away with the conversations. but overall he's the best band teacher ive had

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I love you Mr P. Cant wait till next yr From one of your Cello Players D.V

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best music teacher nuff said

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He's hella cool!He's much cooler and funnier than kambites! He's so funnie when he conducts on his little stand.he gets really into the music.

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hes cool but he spends too much time talking to the class rather then rehearsing sometimes..still cool though

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You're Great, Grand Masta P! keeping teaching! and gotta love those tails!!

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you're so cool!

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Mr. Ponticelli is a really great teacher.He is always clear on his words and is Great to work with

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he is a very good band teacher and i like how he is really into the music when he is conducting. also i like the music he chooses.

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he's very enthusiastic when it comes to teaching music.

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Best Band Teacher Ever

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