Bob Cooper has been involved in public and private education from kindergarten to post-baccalaureate education systems throughout his 37 years as an artist and educator. He currently serves as a district-wide arts administrator overseeing a department with a staff of 47 certificated personnel and 11 classified personnel managing staffing, evaluations, and budgeting. The Department of Visual and Performing Arts has an annual operating budget of over 3.95 million dollars, which touches all children in the school district. This position also has him sitting on senior cabinet, which manages all the operations of the 16 schools and serves as an advisory group to the superintendent and board of directors.
Mr. Cooper has been instrumental in maintaining a strong public education arts program in the South Kitsap School District in spite of the recent downturn in the economy. He has been a consummate advocate for providing standards-based arts instruction for all children nationwide. His work as one of the primary writers of the 2014 NCAS Music Standards has influenced arts instruction across all 50 states. He is again working as a member of the OSPI Arts Leadership Cadre in aligning the state arts standards and national standards.
Bob currently holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music (with minors in Theatre and Visual Arts), two Master’s degrees, a K-12 principal certification, and a Washington State superintendent certification. He has personally taught kindergarten through college and, in addition to his administrator duties, is the director of the South Kitsap High School String Symphony.
In addition to his teaching and administrative work, Cooper still finds time to compose and arrange musical pieces in a wide range of musical genres. In the musical theatre realm his original works Bethlehem, Robin Hood: The Musical, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and Star Songs have been produced in numerous venues up and down the West Coast. His works for student performing groups range from small choir to large band and orchestral pieces.