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Andrew Bonnema

Associate Professor
School of Education
College of Arts and Sciences,
Department of Music

In 2021, Andrew Bonnema and his family relocated to Watertown, where he joined the Music Education faculty at Maranatha. Since 2015, Andrew has taught music classes, conducted all levels of band, directed choirs, coached instrumental ensembles for competition, and taught private music lessons. Beyond music, he has taught Bible and geometry and has tutored students in literacy skills and standardized test skills. Dr. Andrew Goodwill, Dean of Students commented, “I appreciate Andrew’s easy manner and broad interests. While he is a skilled musician, his interests beyond music help him relate to a wide spectrum of people. He purposefully took harder routes of class in college so that he could be better equipped to train others.”

“I am attracted to Maranatha,” Bonnema states, “because of the sound Biblical focus and the ability to influence godly Christian musicians for the next generation. Music has always been integral to God’s people and the worship of our Savior, and teaching others to continue towards excellence in music in pursuit of our Savior satisfies my personal passion. As J.S. Bach wrote, ‘Soli Deo gloria’–To God alone, the glory.”

Education and Credentials

MM Music Performance, University of South Carolina

BS Music Education, Bob Jones University


Campus Involvement: Assistant Director, Symphonic Band

Recent presentations: “Help! I have a band with no trumpets!” and “Concert Planning”, Illinois Association of Christian Schools, 2022

Organizations: National Association for Music Education, Wisconsin Music Educators’ Association

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Family: Andrew and his wife, Courtney, have been married since 2014 and have a son and two daughters

Church Ministry: Andrew is involved in the music ministry of his local church, singing in choir and small groups, playing in the orchestra and ensembles, and directing the Patch Club choir

Other activities and interests: Andrew enjoys cooking, reading, and spending time with his wife and children.