Willie I. Kocurek Elementary School is located in Austin, Texas. Our school was opened in 1986 and was named after one of Austin's most well known community members, Willie Kocurek. Currently our school is home to approximately 500 students from pre-kindergarten though fifth grade. Like all AISD schools, students at Kocurek receive curriculum in all subject areas including Music, Art and PE. Students are also offered a variety of after school programs such Choir, Recorder Club, Basketball, Soccer, Pottery, Chess Club, Kung Fu, and Technology Club.
Students at Kocurek Elementary School have a variety of performance opportunities in the classroom, in the school, and after school. Below you will find information about some of these opportunities. These are just a few of the additional performance groups at our school.
Mr. VandeWalle is the music teacher at Kocurek Elementary school in Southwest Austin.
The 2017-2018 school year will be his 11th year at Kocurek Elementary and his 19th year in Austin ISD. He received his degree from Texas State University (formerly known as Southwest Texas State University) in 1999. He majored in Music Education with a minor in Jazz Pedagogy.
He teaches music for all kindergarten though fifth grade students at Kocurek. He is also the director of the Koala Choir and Koala Jr Choir.
Art as a whole has always been one of my passions, and though I’ve never been the greatest at singing or playing the clarinet, music and musicianship have stuck with me ever since Mr. VandeWalle became my music teacher at Kocurek Elementary. The programs that Mr. Van made available helped me learn, but more importantly, they helped me to understand music like it was my best friend. There’s nothing more dull than a man with a saxophone who can hit every note, every rhythm, every rest, and play in any style whilst expressing absolutely no emotion and no feeling behind anything he puts his breath and fingers to. Mr. Van is not that kind of saxophone player, he’s a musician. Mr. Van’s a really cool guy as well, and has always been my favorite teacher. His class was the greatest and I’m confident it still is after all these years.
I always encourage parents, guardians, and families to contact me if you ever have any questions or feedback. Email is the fastest and easiest way to get in touch with me. Please feel free to use the form below to send me a message. I look forward to hearing from you!
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Kocurek Elementary School
9800 Curlew Lane
Austin, Texas, 78748
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