Average 3.34 based on 85 teacher ratings
Mark Caswell is a Music teacher at Markham District High School located in Markham, Ontario. When comparing Mark Caswell's ratings to other teachers in the province of Ontario, Mark Caswell's ratings are below the average of 4.17 stars. Additionally, the average teacher rating at Markham District High School is 4.06 stars.
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He is not a fun teacher,
mean to students
puts them down.
He yelled at me because I was wearing sunglasses in the school.
something is definitely wrong with this man and my child is definitely not taking music for 4 years because of these crazy music teachers at Markham District.

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Very dedicated teacher but obvious favourites.. his moods are all over the place and I never know how he's going to react to things. When he's
In a bad mood he can be very rude.

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Expects too much from students.

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Honestly he's a dedicated music teacher who has no room for anything else besides from music. Pushing his ideals onto his students, he expects you to commit a lot of your time to music as well. I used to swim competitively and practiced in the morning (when we also had band); when I told him I would be late for band, he just gave me a look of disgust. He reminds me of the music teacher from Whiplash, which can be a good thing and a bad thing. For true aspiring musicians, he is perfect for you.

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ok honestly youre going to have mixed feelings about him if you take music all four years. I sometimes find him to be my favourite teacher and there are times where i hate his guts and im so done w music.. took music for four years, was in music council for two, exec for one. but you can obviously tell he's passionate about the course and wants everyone to enjoy the music theyre creating together, music is a course to bond with friends and establish relationships + work on the side

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He's only hard on you if you're terrible. At first he made me mad but I later realized he was just trying to motivate me. After a while he would notice my improves and congratulate me on them. And I really did impove after that. He's doing nothing wrong, some people just think they'll just get his respect by showing up to class and practice. You have to practice at home and show him you care then he'll like you.

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not too good... over all below average teacher. he is a decent music teacher but doesnt connect with his students at all. you can tell hes just there for the mula

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This guy rejected my cabaret audition and it ruined my senior year

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you would have to be passionate about music to like him.. if youre just taking music for the heck of it youre going to hate him. like everyone says he takes music very seriously class can be fun and we have a lot of laughs

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All the complains are from people who don't see them selves as the problem, Mr.Caswell is tough at times but extremely dedicated, can sometimes feel like he is too tough but he brings a unique experince to high school that you can't get anywhere else

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awesome teacher, great class, loved every single minute of music

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He will make a once music lover hate music. He bullies students, and is highly egotistical. An easy mark, but definitely not worth it

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Some people will really love him, some people will really hate him. One thing for certain is that he's very passionate about music, so expect to spend a lot of time practicing.

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Extremely poor teacher. Its easy to tell hes an extremely insecure person, and he brings his inferiority complex into the workplace daily. It is not surprising that he has no friends in the school, because is an exemplar of everything a person should not be. Very unhelpful, incapable of communicating to you in an understandable way, just an all around bad teacher.

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Best mmusic teacher I've ever seen

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popularish and helpful...ish

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He's not bad if you know how he is and are used to him. That's not to say tht i like him as a teacher, but he has the capacity to be a nice guy.

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the music geeks seem to get along well with him. those of us wanting to take music out of interest but aren't aspiring musicians, he really has no use for.

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Ppl, all these complains...just dont take music then...join band outside...end of discussion

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i unno why lots of people dislike him. he has really helped me improve musically this year. Plus he doesn't give us a lot of work, he just wants a little effort given by his students(i.e. practice). Just 10 minutes a day.

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He plays favourites, not much to it, I am one of those favourites but I made this review as unbiased as I could, he pretty much just averages as an average teacher, if you're really into music he's great (if you're TOO much into music you might find yourself joining choir and a small ensemble by the end of the year though) but he kills nonfavorites

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i didnt like him at the beggining of the year but now he is preaty cool...kinda

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He's a great band director, however he does play favourites A LOT, which I think is discouraging to other students.

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If you care at all about your other classes and the rest of your life, the Caswells will consider you not dedicated enough to music. Just ignore the terrible things they will say to you, do your best and you will be fine.

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Doesn't seem to understand when student's don't make him their number one priority. Definitely needs a wake-up call...not that it would help.

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caswell ran the LEAD program well...and i'd have to say we probably got more involved by being pushed to step out of their comfort zones. and besides the odd rants here and there from us when he taught LEAD, there's no doubt in my mind that he'll be missed

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He was a fantastic teacher who cared a lot about his students and markham. He was also a great role model for me.

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caswell is a great LEAD teacher.. a lot of us will miss him whether we voice it or not. he really pushes us to do our best and a lot of the times we're angry because we know he's right. his jokes are a bit.. obscure at times, but man he's so good at what he does. he's a great leader himself.. who better to teach the course?

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judgmental and immature. he plays favourites, alienating most of his students. needs to grow up and stop power tripping on his students.

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Being high up on the OBA doesn't necessarily have anything to do with what he's like as a teacher. :P

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I don't get it. Why do you all hate on him? I think Mr. T's the best but Mr. Caswell isn't so high in the OBA listings for nothing. Although, I am one of his favorites, so who am I to talk... xD. He does have to watch his temper though.

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It's pretty much liek this: if you really like Music, you'll like him, anything below average, you won't. I like him a lot. It's only because of him I love to play loud all the time XD. He's kinda rough on some other kids though.

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He thinks that music is everything, but people have other things to do, he will never know the real people we are because half the time he judges us on how well we play. And to him thats what we are.

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really, i hear all these horror stories about him, but he's not that bad. he can be really nice. just be on his good side and you're good to go! and that's not so hard, not is it?

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decent teacher, has students he likes and dislikes (teachers shouldn't have much/any 'feelings' towards students). constantly blames people for what they have not done (the same ones too).

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Doesn't know his boundaries as a teacher. Last time I checked, I was the parent.

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At times, a brilliant conductor, a dedicated musician, an encouraging teacher. At others, a tyrant and a man who doesn't know the meaning of what he's teaching. LEAD is one of his great mistakes. Music is not.

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Mr. Caswell is an awesome conductor and pushes his musicians to the limit. However, I think Caswell needs to follow through on his commitments and his teachings. As well, he needs to know his students better.

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I'm one of his favourites so my rating's kinda obvious.

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He's the type of guy who never really dealt with his own issues. Students are often more mature than he is when it comes to dealing with problems, but the only problem is that in the position of a teacher, he is completely unreasonable and a tyrant.

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I re: in grade 10 he picked on me/was never encouraging. I wasnt that specatular with the BC already, why make me feel worse whenself esteem really matters at such a young age... he treats you like nothing if you're not one of his favourites BUT at the end of grade 11 (which was a much better year for obvious reasons: he didnt teach it) he then encourages you to take grade 12 music..wow thx.

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He definitely knows what he's doing in music. Plays favourites big time.

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He's a good guy, sometimes a lil too devoted to music and leadership...has a temper...I can think of at least 5 people he's made cry in the last year. Plays favourites...but devoted to what he's doing.

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I dunno... sort of mixed feelings. good music teacher, but i don't always agree with the LEAD side of him. i try to stay calm cool and collected, but sometimes you can't help it. writing about leadership doesn't make you a better leader, DOING IT does.

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expects too much, he's teaching LEAD but is contradicting it himself (hypocritical). music is the life but life isn't always about music

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he expects waaay too much... including things that aren't in your control

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Music is not everything!!! Makes too many demands on students to drop everything for music, not fair at all!

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He is Obsessed with music!!! Plus he picks on ppl all the time. If someone isn't great at playing something u shouldn't tell them they can't play.

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maybe a little bit too hardcore with music and lead... pretty nice to me but isnt very understanding especially to ppl who have lives outside of skool

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caswell is more likely to like you if you dont do stupid things, like showing up late, talking during band and not learning parts

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He's a great teacher. But if you have an opinion that is against his, he will gather a bunch of people to put you down.

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Hes nice to me. he can bully other people and i dont like it. but people are scared of him. i think hes pretty nice tho

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man he should be more helpful...he does like nothin....he's so serious...he wants everythin to be perfect

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Too harsh on students!

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He has a very strict black and white behaviour. How can anyone consider such a closed mind a good thing?

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mmm, he is a good teacher, but he does hold grudges. that's his teaching method though, u gotta admit,it works but it is also what makes him unpopular with kids

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Nice guy, but students have a life outside of music and as much as some people love it others are focused on things more improtatn to them. Try to understand

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Can't believe there are teachers like him still allowed to teach. He hasn't grown up yet himself. How can he be considered a leader?

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completely self absorbed. Who told him he could teach music?

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Just plain hypocritical.

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meany

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really fun guy! one of my favs!

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If you can't do, AND can't teach, then you must be a Caswell.

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Likely one of the shallowest people I've met.

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very immature. Needs to grow up. Makes students feel bad. No positive feedback

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Great Teacher, sometimes a little obsessive..don't matter...but kind and helpful

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he holds grudges against ex-students

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shows hatred over ex music students, thinks music is priority since we picked it

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A kind man, with good intentions. Great memories from LEAD.

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he deserves a 5 for my level of hatred towards him

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I really like him, he really cares!

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Enforces students to make music their first and only priority, otherwise hatred

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Where the LEAD-ers @?! I'm alumni and he still ignores me.

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He really is passionate about what he does... his students aren't.

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He meant well.

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Good intentions, but too opinionated. He either likes or dislikes you.

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great

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Greatest of intentions, but sometimes lets personal conflict override profession

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A sub-par teacher. He'll clearly let you know when he believes you're @ fault.

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