Music: Dareion Malone
Connecting Classroom and Community
When Dareion Malone’s corporate job was eliminated in the economic downturn, he decided to return to school to pursue his first love, music. “That was always my initial choice. I was discouraged from studying music for my first degree because of low teacher pay.” He had instead studied business administration.
Dareion, a baritone, enrolled at UNC Charlotte and received a Bachelor of Music in Music Education in 2013. He serves now as the choral music and piano instructor at Marvin Ridge High School in Waxhaw, NC, and is also chorus master and Men’s Chorus accompanist at UNC Charlotte. In both settings, he encourages students to “take the risk, accept the challenge, and go forth and make music.”
“Once I started teaching, I missed my time being able to sing with my friends.” So Dareion, along with UNC Charlotte voice professor Alissa Deeter and Mark Johanson, minister of music at a local church, formed Sine Nomine Vocal Ensemble, a performing group that furthers Dareion’s mission of “bridging the gaps between academia and the community.”