Mickey Smith Jr.
Those are just two of the words that describe Southwest Louisiana native Mickey Smith Jr. In the course of his career, Mickey has grown band programs in Louisiana and Texas by over 500%, encompassing half of their schools populations. Upon moving to Florida his program had 100% of the school population! Currently, Mickey teaches band to 4th through 12th grade students at The King’s Academy. There the program has seen increased interest and growth with the new Beginning Band, Intermediate Band, Concert Band, and Jr. Jazz Band programs. Throughout his nearly two-decade career, he has developed and grown not only band programs, but most importantly, he has helped young people realize what they are capable of through music. This 7-time Teacher of the Year and GRAMMY Music Educator Award Recipient believes in promoting education and the educators across the globe who make it possible. Mickey Smith Jr. has shared his unique combination of message and music with thousands of students as a teacher, all-state conductor, and clinician. In addition, he has taken his systems of joy for teaching to hundreds of educational conferences, school district meetings, and leadership development stages across North America sharing his “Keep On Going” approach. Mickey has extensive experience teaching in Title I, urban, suburban, rural, public, as well as private schools. Throughout the years, Mickey’s classrooms have been filled with students from a variety of backgrounds providing them with the opportunity to find greater meaning and purpose through music. Mickey’s classroom experience encourages students to do more than make music. Mickey encourages students to also “discover their personal sound.” In addition to teaching, Mickey believes in building genuine relationships with students in order to discover the unique sound every child in his class possesses. Throughout Mickey’s career, he has experienced firsthand that every child is just one sound adult away from achieving success. Mickey was that very student that benefited greatly because someone believed in who he could be. He believes that modern day teaching is a relationship-based approach, and that now more than ever teaching cannot simply be about the subject matter, but should also about showing students that they matter. In Mickey Smith Jr.’s classroom, the mission is to engage, educate, and elevate every learner to excellence through music, so that every child feels loved, valued, and wanted. West Palm Beach is now home to Mickey, Eugenia, and their two children, William and Mikayla. You can learn more about Mickey Smith Jr. by visiting his website, mickeysmithjr.com.