Yvette Nicole Weber Broussard -Vocal Music Education, 1992
Yvette Nicole Weber Broussard
Vocal Music Education
I began my college education during the summer of 1988, a few weeks after I graduated from high school. My parents really encouraged me to enroll during the summer semester so I could better prepare myself for college life. I remember being so overwhelmed with the size of the campus and, of course, my 8:00 AM class was in the furthest building from my parking space! Each day I became more comfortable with my surroundings; by the time the fall semester began, I knew my way around USL.
As a music major, I spent many hours in Angelle Hall with many other budding musicians. I remember spending hours upstairs in the practice rooms. I almost looked forward to my classes in other buildings because the walls of Angelle Hall became a little too familiar. One of my favorite classes outside of Angelle Hall was a Communications course with Mr. Cliff Aucoin. He was the most entertaining teacher I’d ever had! I looked forward to his class because he had a way of making us learn and laugh at the same time. I remember hoping that one day my future students would look forward to attending my class the way I looked forward to his.
I met my future husband in Angelle Hall. Although a Political Science Major (graduated 1991), Steven Paul Broussard and I had our music in common. He was a drummer in the USL Drum Line. So he and I took turns attending each other’s performances. I always enjoyed the USL percussion ensemble recitals. They were most entertaining! Steven and I would enjoy an occasional snack at Groucho’s in the Union or a picnic at Girard Park. We tried to schedule as many classes together as we could. We enjoyed going to the football games at Cajun Field and the parties that followed.
I had many memorable teachers at USL, but two had a huge impact on my life. Mrs. Margaret Daniel was my voice instructor all four years. She literally taught me how to sing. She had such a beautiful gift and I was so glad that I had an opportunity to study with her. Dr. James Haygood was my advisor and choral director all four years. He taught me everything about being a good choral director. He was a wonderful conductor and a fine musician. I was so thankful that I had the opportunity to study his techniques.
I graduated from USL in the spring of 1992 in Blackham Coliseum. I was honored when asked to sing the National Anthem for the ceremony. I was the only Vocal Music Education Major graduating that day.
I am currently teaching Chorus at Carencro Middle School in Lafayette Parish. I have been teaching there for six years. With each new year, my program grows by leaps and bounds. I work for Mr. William Butcher, our kind-hearted principal who cares about Music Education in our school. I owe much of our success to him. I strive to incorporate each day in my classroom what Mrs. Daniel and Dr. Haygood taught me, and I try to make my class entertaining just as Mr. Aucoin did.
Steven and I have a son, Christopher Weber Broussard ,who is two years old. Of course, he is very musically inclined! We look forward to the day when we can attend his USL graduation and be a family of Ragin’ Cajun alumni!
Yvette Nicole Weber Broussard