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After 27 years of service, Dr. Franklin W. Koch has retired from Central as professor emeritus of music.
A well seasoned music teacher, Koch began his career in education in 1957 as a public school teacher in Tripoli, Iowa. The following year, he moved to New Jersey, where he spent the next 10 years teaching public school students in North Plainfield, Old Bridge, and Somerset. In 1968, he joined the faculty at the University of Michigan, the last position he held prior to joining Central in 1969.
Koch earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of Northern Iowa and his master’s degree and doctorate at the University of Michigan. He also studied at the University of Northern Iowa.
While at Central, Koch was a supervisor of student teachers and taught courses such as Piano Class I, Music for Elementary School, and Music Education I.
In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Koch served as advisor to Central’s student chapter of Music Educators National Conference and Phi Mu Alpha Sinforia Coordinator of Music Education. He also contributed music-related articles to scholarly publications, including Journal of Research in Music Education.
Koch and his wife, Janice, reside in Warrensburg.