I find it astonishing that people can call him a good music teacher. I have played and sang music for at least 12 years as of now, and music, mainly instrumental, is a major part of my life. Mr Hammond, despite wasting his entire life on singing, has taught me, and the rest of the chamber choir, nothing about music, nothing about leadership, and nothing about life. I was filled with joy to hear that he is retiring this year, and want everyone to know how he was a bump in the road for musicians.
He is the best teacher ever. Hands down. No one does it like he does.
Sometimes a little time and perspective are needed before we can really appreciate the quality of a teacher. I had Mr. Hammond almost 20 years ago. He had high expectations and pushed us to be our best every single day. I don't perform anymore. I haven't since the day I graduated high school. But the music education he gave me will last a lifetime. For those of you just getting to know him, please soak up all you can. His perspectives on music and life will stick with you and you'll appreciate it more and more as time goes on. Those easy teachers you think you like now will fade from your memory, but the ones that constantly encourage excellence are rare and should be appreciated.
Mr Hammond is an extremely complex character. He has a mix of awesome qualities and character flaws. Firstly, he is extremely knowledgeable about music, and his perfectionism keeps everybody honest and maintains ledyard as one of the top choral programs in the state. He honestly cares, but his pressure can lead at some times to unrealistic expectations and making students (particularly chamber) constantly having to compare themsemselves to others. Very grateful to have have had him though.
Despite everyone's public opinion, I believe he was okay as a teacher. He gave me a chance even though I can't say I was very good. He can be a little overwhelming at times, but it's cool.
he treats the band kids like they're awful, and then complains that nobody thinks the mucis program is"fair." chorus has so many more perks.
Arrogant, bad teacher, thinks he is the best person in the world
He's really cool...I'm not even in chorus or in one of his classes, but he always is friendly and talks. I'm in the symphonic band.
Hammond is amazing-he's an outstanding chorus director..with nothing but love for his students... and he always says hi to me in the hallls... hes great and i love concert choir!
he told my choir if we got a note right in the concert, that he'd do a cartwheel on stage. Did we get the note righ? YEP!! Did he? You bet. Hammond annoyed me at 1st; now he's cool
I think he's a great teacher- one of the best in the school. His classes are funny, full of energy, and educational. And he makes you want to work hard and get better.
HE IS THE COOLEST TEACHER IN THE HOLE SCHOOL dude he will make jokes that are funny and the music he has us do rock MENS CHORUS ROCKS WITH MR HAMMOND !
Great teacher, easy to talk to, but anoys me sometimes because he is TOO happy ALL the time!
Mr. Hammond takes his job seriously and wants to help us achieve our full potential. I love him as a teacher!
He is very bubbly and funny. HE isn't dull and makes chorous more fun that it already is. He is very dedicated to the music program & is a GREAT music teacher.
He's very helpful and always tells you the truth (he doesn't tell you you're a great singer even if you aren't)but he doesn't hurt your feelings.