Teacher Feature: Guido Bissig - The William Tell of Music
Guido Bissig is not only one of our music teachers but also our Head of Music who composed our school song “Montana – My Place to Grow” and inspires our students on a daily basis to channel their inner Beyoncé or Michael Bublé. How did he get here? Let’s find out.
Guido Bissig comes from the canton of Uri, one of the 26 cantons found in Switzerland and one of the three founding members. It is said that William Tell, one of Switzerland’s folk heroes, also hails from Uri. And as legend has it, he was an expert marksman with the crossbow, so we like to think that Guido too is an expert marksman, only with musical instruments instead.
While he was in school, he had several great music teachers who encouraged him to pursue music and this ultimately motivated him to become a music teacher as well. Thus, he first went on to Lucerne to study school music which allows him to teach at the grammar school level. He then continued on to Zurich where he studied the accordion as the main instrument. Playing the accordion is no easy feat, it requires a lot of coordination since not only do players have to use both hands, but the left arm operates the bellows while reading the music. All in all, the accordion is an incredibly versatile instrument, like the teaching methods of Guido.
“I try to explain the important basic concepts of music theory and music history to students because it’s important that they know these skills. Then, of course, it requires plenty of work and practice time too,” says Guido with a big smile.