MPS Music Education

Mission Statement

MPS Music Education will provide opportunities for all students to develop their potential for musical understanding and expression in order to establish a culture of collaborative learning and innovation.


The MPS Music Education Program provides support services for all elementary and secondary schools. The primary focus of the various programs, including band, choral music, general music, harp and orchestra is to develop comprehensive musicianship.

The support and encouragement of administrators and the community have been instrumental in helping the music program evolve to a high level of excellence. The real benefactors are the young musicians who bring their talents and skills to their peers, teachers, parents and the entire community.

A special kind of learning takes place in music classes that impacts the intellectual and emotional development of our students. Ultimately, we want each student to become the best person possible. Music education offers a pathway to this educational destination. We truly believe that a grounding in the arts will help the children of Mesa grow wiser and become solid, productive citizens for life.

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Scott Burgener

Music Education Department Specialist

Historic Irving Office (480) 308-7383
29 years in Music Education
Scott Burgener

Scott Burgener is currently the Music Education Department Specialist for the Mesa Public Schools. Prior to his appointment to this position, he was the band director at Mountain View High School in Mesa, AZ for eighteen of his twenty-five years in high school music education. During his tenure at Mountain View, Mr. Burgener’s bands consistently received high ratings both in and out of state. Mr. Burgener’s marching band performed around the globe, including appearances in the Dublin St. Patrick’s Day Parade, London New Year’s Day Parade, the Fiesta Bowl Parade, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and a 10-day performance tour of China. His Wind Ensemble was honored to be selected three times to perform at the annual state music educator’s conference. Mr. Burgener currently serves as Past-President of the Arizona Music Educator’s Association (AMEA), and is a Past-President of the Arizona Band and Orchestra Director’s Association (ABODA). He is a member of the National Association for Music Education, Phi Beta Mu Bandmasters’ Fraternity, and is a life member of Kappa Kappa Psi, the national honorary band fraternity. He is a member of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) National Council for Music Program Leaders. He holds Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Instrumental Music Education from Arizona State University, and has been recognized with AMEA’s George C. Wilson Leadership/Service Award. In 2006, he was recognized as one of the nation’s “50 Teachers Who Make a Difference” by School Band and Orchestra Director’s magazine. He recently was award the National Band Association Citation of Excellence. Mr. Burgener is the music director of the Fountain Hills Community Band. He is regularly called upon to conduct honor bands and adjudicate both marching and concert band festivals throughout the state of Arizona. Mr. Burgener's major instruments are saxophone, clarinet, and piano. [More...]

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MPS is proud to be one of 738 districts nationwide to have been recognized as a 2022 Best Community for Music Education by the NAMM Foundation.  We have received this distinction for five consecutive years.

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