About Mr. B
Degrees and Certifications:
Education:Bachelor of Science, Songwriting, Belmont University Class of 2012Certification:EC-12 Music
Mr. Barksdale grew up in Northwest ISD and was involved in Choir (K-12th grades) and percussion (6th-12th grades). He was a 4 year All-Region Choir member and received his campus’s highest achieving music award each year between Kindergarten and 12th grades. In 2008, he received the “National Choral Scholar” award from his high school.
Mr. Barksdale attended college at Belmont University in Nashville, TN, graduating in 2012 with a B.S. in Songwriting. After college, he appeared in ads and commercials for Weight Watchers before seeking his Texas teaching certificate in 2013. In his spare time, Mr. Barksdale still writes songs and performs at local venues throughout the Dallas/Ft. Worth metroplex.
Mr. Barksdale has overseen the development of a stellar choral program at Austin, watching his Advanced Boys Choir achieve a Sweepstakes rating at UIL in 2017. He looks forward to developing hard working musicians who strive for superior performance. The Austin MS choir always puts the "spotlight on superior." This is Mr. Barksdale's 3rd year at Austin Middle School and his 5th year in Irving ISD.
Mr. B's Daily Schedule:
1st Period (8:15-9:15) - 6th Grade Boys Choir + Advisory
2nd Period (9:20-10:05) - 7th/8th Grade Intermediate Boys Choir
3rd Period (10:10-10:55) - 6th Grade Girls Choir A
4th Period (11:00-11:45) - 7th/8th Grade Advanced Girls Choir
5th Period (11:50-1:15) - 6th Grade Girls Choir B + Lunch
6th Period (1:20-2:05) - 7th/8th Grade Advanced Boys Choir
7th Period (2:10-2:55) - 7th/8th Grade Intermediate Girls Choir
8th Period (3:00-3:45) - Conference / Planning PeriodConferences can be scheduled between 3:00 & 3:45 any day of the week. Please contact me to schedule a time to meet (if needed).