Teacher Spotlight: Mr. Cain

Nadia Harman, writer

Canyon is known for it’s amazing art programs. More specifically the band program here. The man behind these talented group of students is Mr. Cain. He teaches everything from Orchestra to Marching Band band to History of Rock N’ Roll. Recently he even led Canyon’s own marching band to their competition where they made it to the finals for the first time in a long time. They didn’t make it to the second round but came close coming in 9th place. 

Q: Favorite Color?
A: Sea Foam Green 

Q: Favorite song that puts you in a good mood
A: Love and Memories by O.A.R.

Q: How long have you been teaching?
A: This is my second year 

Q: Favorite Part of your job
A: Attempting to impact the lives of students in a positive way. I love figuring out how people work and what makes them driven. I like finding out what drives them and how to tap into that to help them reach their potential in whatever they want to do, weather that be music or something else. 

Q: What one food would you have if you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life.
A: Chicken Tenders 

Q: What kind of Chicken Tenders?
A: There’s a sports bar in Fullerton called Big’s and they have the best chicken tenders. 

Q: What made you want to teach music?
A: I’m a very musical person. I started music when I was four years old on piano and it’s just my way of communicating  and I just happen to be very driven with it and I’ve found a lot of success when I was younger, so that’s how I decided to go into teaching.

Q: What class do you look forward to teaching the most?
A: The thing that gets my heart racing the most is marching band just because there’s just so much going on musically, visually and there’s so many different instruments but I mean that same feeling happens in orchestra but in a different way.  

Q: Who is your inspiration in life?
A: My dad because he taught me how to respect others and how to reach the goal that I set for myself. 

Q: How many instruments can you play.
A: Trombone, euphonium, tuba, trumpet, french horn, piano, saxophone

Q: Favorite Disney Character?
A: Woody. There’s a very old family video of me dancing in my diapers and I had woody boots on and I was dancing to Woody’s Round Up. 

Q: One thing you wish to accomplish in life.
A: Conducting a professional orchestra 

Q: Favorite thing about the holiday season?
A: The Food. 

Q: Favorite Spice Girl?
A: Let’s go with Baby

Q: Favorite movie?
A: Remember the Titans 

Q: Any advice to give to your students?
A: If you put in the time and the work you’ll get results. 

Q: Who would you let vibe check you
A: My dog. 

Q: Favorite month
A: April 

Q: Favorite season?
A: Spring 

Q: Biggest fear as a teacher?
A: Not being good enough for my students, not being able to have the knowledge to teach them. 

Mr. Cain can be found in room 401 near the cafeteria.