Mr. Michael Rutschke (aka Mr. R)

Phone: 651-793-7300 x52527


Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelors of Music MUSIC Education Berklee College of Music Masters of Education Hamline University K-12 General Music/Vocal Licensed K-12 Instumental/Orchestra Licensed

Mr. Michael Rutschke (aka Mr. R)

Hello, My name is Mr. Rutschke a.k.a. Mr. R. I am the music specialist here at John A. Johnson Elementary. This is my 3rd year at JAJ and my 14th year in the SPPS district. Previous schools I have been at were Crossroads Elementary (5) Capitol Hill Middle School(3) Ramsey Middle  School (3) and John A. Johnson, also teaching High School Drumline for Henry Sibley High School in W. St. Paul.

I graduated from Berklee College of Music in 2004 with a Bachelors of Music and currently writing my thesis for Masters of Education at Hamline University. Percussion is my principal instrument for the last 36 years, starting at age 11 in South Georgia and had an extensive background in marching band while living there. My focus while in Boston at Berklee was in drumset, vibraphone, and tympani, studying with Dave DiCenso, Richard Flannigan of Boston Symphony, and Latin vibes player Victor Mendoza.

I currently live in Eagan with my wife of 20 years and my two sons Micah (10) and Zachary soon to be 13 in Nov. 2018. I like to go camping, hiking, biking, and cross country skiing in my time off.