The only constant is change, and at Cathedral Prep, this is well known. Recent and soon-to-be completed renovations all across the campus, the transition to personal iPads, and, of course, new staff members are a contributing factor to the changing environment at Prep. One of the newest employees here is Mr. Viera, and he comes onto the staff as the school’s music teacher and band coordinator. He takes over after the rather chill Mr. Malec, and he will be an excellent replacement. He was generous enough to take the time out of his day and answered a few questions the readers of The Rambler thirsted for.
Mr. Viera’s first few weeks here at Prep have been absolutely fantastic. He went on to tell The Rambler, “It’s been a great time. Everyone’s been really helpful, all the teachers, all the students. I’ve had a lot of help, and I’ve definitely enjoyed it.” The Prep community is all more than happy to hear this news. And as it is the first time Mr. Viera has worked full time as a teacher, it is good to hear that this transition has been as seamless as it’s been.
Right before Mr. Viera was hired, he graduated from Edinboro University with a bachelor’s degree in music education and then a master’s in music technology from Duquesne. He wasn’t planning on working immediately out of college, but he lucked out when this position opened up.
With all this experience and time spent with music comes a greater appreciation of the art form. He loves music. Playing, listening, or anything. He eats, sleeps, and breathes music. A percussionist at heart, Mr. Viera has a large arsenal of instruments on his palette, his favorite being a marimba. But interestingly enough, when asked what his favorite song/artist/album was he responded with a rather indecisive “I don’t have any favorites.” At The Rambler, we settle for nothing less than the best; we had no option but to dig deeper. Our excavation revealed something interesting: Mr. Viera is an old school hip hopper. He enjoys the classics: Biggie, 2Pac, and even the one and only beat master Dr. Dre. So he’s not only a music teacher, but he’s also a hip one. Beast.
Mr. Viera looks forward to the rest of the school year and being a music teacher for the students of Cathedral Prep. He’s got hopes and dreams for the future and all indications are that he will be able to do so. Mr. Viera wanted to leave the readers with one last piece of information: “I look forward to meeting everybody. Everyone is welcome to come here. Whether you played an instrument for one day or ten years, you are welcome!”
Well you heard it folks, Mr. Viera’s office is open. Stop by for a visit at the end of the long hallway in the science wing hallway. You certainly won’t regret it!