In 2017, Mr. C.J. Roden joined the music faculty of the Kettering City Schools as an elementary music specialist at Oakview Elementary School. Effective with the start of the 2019-2020 school year, Mr. Roden will lead the choir programs at Kettering Middle School. His new teaching assignment at KMS will include leading five daily choir classes as well as assisting with beginning band.
Mr. Roden is also the accompanist for the Dayton Liederkranz-Turner German Club Choir, and faithfully serves from the piano at Xenia Nazarene Church under Worship Leader Clayton Sell. Before these appointments, he taught in Dayton Public Schools at Wright Brothers Middle School.
C.J. Roden holds the Master of Education degree in Curriculum & Instruction from Concordia University at Portland (2019). While at Concordia, he conducted his thesis research on flexible seating strategies as they relate to classroom management efficiency in the elementary general music classroom. In 2015, he graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from Wright State University’s School of Music. At Wright State, Roden studied voice with Peter Keates and piano with Debra Lindley. Mr. Roden also spent two years studying voice and piano at the Conservatory of Music at Baldwin Wallace University. A proud product of the public-school system, Roden is an alumnus of Xenia High School (2011) with honor where he studied with and was largely inspired by Brent Manley, Mark Manley, and Raymonde Rougier.
Notably, Mr. Roden has appeared in pit orchestras, with traveling show choirs, singing with choirs such as the Collegiate Chorale of WSU, and with various choirs in the area as an accompanist. He also spent time as a Choral Intern at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Dayton under John Neely.
When he is not teaching or performing, C.J. spends time with his family. Him, his wife of six years Marissa, and their three sons Camden (4), Lincoln (1), and Keegan (newborn) reside in Xenia.