United States of America
Patrick Moeschen is a 38-year-old, full-time music teacher living in Salem, NH. Mr. Moeschen was diagnosed with Becker Muscular Dystrophy at age 12. His very serious medical condition never held him back from following one of his passions and primary interest: music. A drummer since age 10, Mr. Moeschen decided to pursue a career in music, receiving a Bachelor in Music Education from U.Mass Lowell in 1995 (Magna Cum Laude). After completing college, Mr. Moeschen took an appointment at the Woodbury Middle School in Salem, NH teaching middle school band, music appreciation and jazz ensemble. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Mr. Moeschen conducts private music lessons in his home studio.
In 2006, Mr. Moeschen achieved his Master of Arts degree in counseling from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia.
Mr. Moeschen’s interests extend beyond teaching to include serving the community at large through activism. Mr. Moeschen spends many hours volunteering and raising money for Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy (PPMD) and Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). In 2007, Mr. Moeschen served as a spokesperson for the PPMD, presenting at an international research conference in Perth, Australia, and acting as an advocate to people with disabilities in Amsterdam, Netherlands and Rome, Italy. He has also presented at conferences in Atlanta, Philadelphia, Cincinnati, and Orlando.
In recognition for his outstanding contributions to music education, Mr. Moeschen received the 2007 Teacher of the Year by the Salem/Methuen rotary club, and the Wal-Mart Corporation for the state of New Hampshire.
35 Howard StSalem, New Hampshire, United States of America