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  • To obtain a position as an instrumental music educator where I can engage students’ minds in thoughtful music making and inspire a passion for music that will grow for a lifetime


    May 2015Present

    Professional Teaching Certificate in Music

    New York State Education Department

    Teaching Experiences

    • Niskayuna Central School District - 0.7 Elementary Band Teacher at Rosendale, Hillside, and Craig Elementary Schools (3 days/week), September 2013 - Present
      • Taught 5th grade beginning woodwind, brass, and percussion lessons addressing the fundaments of playing an instrument and reading notation
      • Rehearsed three 5th grade school bands and conducted two winter performances for each group
      • Planned, organized, and conducted the 5th grade All District Elementary Band in collaboration with my elementary colleague
      • Participated in larger program
      • Repaired and maintained school owned instruments
      • Recruited next year's beginning band students
    • West Irondequoit Central School District - Long Term Substitute Band and General Music Teacher at Iroquois and Rogers Middle Schools and Dake Junior High School, November - December 2012
      • Taught pull-out lessons to 101 6th grade woodwind, brass, and percussion students, addressing literature and fundaments from concert repertoire as well as Breeze Easy
      • Rehearsed two 6th grade bands and conducted two winter performances for each band
      • Prepared 12 woodwind and brass students for All-County Solo Festival
      • Taught factual unit on History of Rock and Roll to two eighth grade general music classes, which was filled with multimedia and organized by essential questions
    • Greece Central School District - Extended Substitute Band and General Music Teacher at Pine Brook and Parkland Elementary Schools, November 2011 - January 2012 
      • Taught weekly pull-out lessons to 118 4th- and 5th-grade woodwind, brass, and percussion students, addressing fundamentals and literature from Essential Elements as well as concert repertoire
      • Rehearsed full 59 piece, extra-curricular 5th Grade Band twice per week in preparation of winter concert and conducted winter performances
      • Led small-group performance of "America" at an all school assembly celebrating recognition as a 2011 National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education
      • Preventatively serviced school-owned instruments and repaired student owned and rented instruments as needed
      • Taught general music to 90 kindergarteners focusing on the concepts of steady beat, high and low pitch, and sol-mi
      • Led kindergarten classes in winter performance of three concert songs

      Per Diem Substitute Teaching

      Private Teaching

      Student Teaching

      • Dublin City Schools: Scioto High School - Mr. Jim Gray, February - April 2009
        • Taught High School Concert Band and Jazz Band, both comprised of students in grades 9 through 12. Taught whole periods to thoroughly prepare literature for concert.
        • Conducted both ensembles in live performance
        • Observed marching band rehearsals and provided feedback
        • Repaired instruments when needed
        • Taught Music Theory unit on harmony (including species counterpoint, part writing, and harmonic progressions), plus facilitated individual composition projects
      • Dublin City Schools: Davis Middle School - Mrs. Susann Barrett, February - April 2009
        • Team-taught the 7th Grade Concert Bands, the 8th Grade Concert Band, and the 8th Grade Jazz Band. Prepared students for seat placement and performances.
        • Selected repertoire for 8th Grade Jazz Band performance and arranged it to fit ensemble's instrumentation
        • Ran sectionals for brass students
        • Rehearsed extra-curricular groups including O.M.E.A. Solo & Ensemble participants and A.S.B.D.A. honors band participants
        • Conducted all ensembles in live performance
        • Repaired instruments when needed
        • Assisted with the fitting of beginning instrumentalists to instruments
        • Taught 7th Grade Exploratory Music with units on GarageBand, keyboarding, and rock and roll
        • Worked with the after school Taiko (Japanese Drumming) Ensembles

      Field Placements

      • Columbus City Schools: Whetstone High School, Fall 2007
        • Worked with High School Concert Band, String Orchestra, and Handbell Choir running warm ups and concert repertoire
        • Observed marching band rehearsals and provided feedback
      • South-Western City Schools: Jackson Middle School and Hayes Intermediate School, Spring 2007
        • Worked with beginning brass classes comprised of trumpets, trombones, and tubas teaching instrument-specific fundamentals
        • Modeled technique and musicality for students to emulate
      • Columbus City Schools: Fifth Avenue and Arlington Park Elementary Schools, Spring 2007
        • Worked with beginning woodwind classes comprised of student clarinetists and beginning string classes comprised of student violinists
        • Assisted in teaching beginning improvisation
        • Composed a duet for students to supplement method book instruction


      Jan 2011Dec 2012

      Master of Music

      Roberts Wesleyan College


      • 3.95/4.00


      • 2011 - 2012 School Year


      • Roberts Wesleyan College Community Orchestra
        • Bass trombone
        • Performed two concerts per semester including educational concerts for the recruitment of beginning instrumentalists during the spring semester
      • Roberts Wesleyan College Wind Ensemble
        • Trombone Section Leader
        • Also performed on euphonium
        • Performed two concerts per semester with the spring semester including 5 stop performance tours in the midwest or along the east coast
      • Roberts Wesleyan College Brass Quintet
        • Trombone and euphonium
        • Performed for Commencement Ceremonies, President's Gala, and various other recitals
      Aug 2005May 2009

      Bachelor of Music

      Capital University


      • 3.83 / 4.00


      • Dean's List - all semesters
      • Magna cum Laude


      • Capital University Symphonic Winds
        • Trombone Section Leader
        • Performed at the Ohio Music Educators Association Convention in 2009
        • Performed with the Royal Hawaiian Band
        • Recorded for Wingert-Jones Publications
      • Capital/Bexley Orchestra
        • Performed Belshazzar's Feast
      • Capital University Trombone Choir
        • Lead Trombone
        • Performed at the Indiana Music Educations Association Convention in 2007
        • Performed at the Ohio Music Educators Association Convention in 2006
        • Performed with guest artists Vaughn Weister and Phil Wilson
      • Capital University Trombone Quartet
        • Lead Trombone
      • Capital University Chamber Winds
      • Capital University Brass Choir
        • Lead Trombone
      • Capital University Brass Quintet
      • Capital University Pit Orchestra
        • Performed The Mystery of Edwin Drood and the Opera Singer Showcase
      • Capital University Big Band
        • Performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival, la Tete d'Or Festival, Brienz Meets Montreux Festival, Umbria and Tuscany Jazz Festivals, and Notre Dame Jazz Festival
        • Performed with guest artists Tim Davies, Ndugu Chancellor, and Victor Lopez
      • Capital University Wind Symphony
        • Lead Trombone
        • Performed with the Boston Brass
      • Capital University Jazz Combo


      • Senior Recital, Capital University, November 2008
      • Junior Recital, Capital University, January 2009
      Sep 2001Jun 2005

      Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation

      Rush-Henrietta Senior High School


      • 4.0/ 4.0


      • Who’s Who Among American High School Students Honor Society
      • CollegeBoard AP Scholar with Distinction Award
      • National Honor Society Member
      • National Honor Society Scholarship Certificate of Merit
      • Tri-M Honor Society Member
      • Monroe County School Music Association's All-County Participant
      • New York State School Music Association's Zone 2 Area All-State Participant
      • Eastman Community School of Music Summer Jazz Studies Participant
      • Louis Armstrong Jazz Award Recipient
      • Raymond R. Delaney Arts Recognition Award Recipient
      • Scholastic Athlete for Boys Tennis

      Work experience

      Jun 2014Present

      Senior Counselor

      Schenectady Jewish Community Center - Camp Chaverim
      • Planned engaging group activities with co-counselors for children entering 2nd grade
      • Led activities according to schedule while maintaining vigilant supervision
      • Wrote weekly group newsletter to communicate with parents
      Sep 2014Present


      Schenectady Jewish Community Center - Kids Time
      • Ran activities according to pre-determined schedule and maintained vigilant supervision
      • Communicated with families at pickup time
      Jun 2010Aug 2013

      Senior Counselor

      YMCA of Greater Rochester - Camp Arrowhead
      • Planned engaging group activities with co-counselors according to the theme of the week for children entering grades K-1
      • Led activities according to schedule and supervised campers throughout the camp day
      • Received First Aid, CPR & AED, and Stewards of Children Training
      Aug 2010Aug 2013

      Ropes Facilitator

      YMCA of Greater Rochester - Camp Arrowhead
      • Led and assisted a variety of activities for school and corporate groups
      • Spotted participants on low ropes elements and belayed climbing tower
      May 2006Jul 2009

      Inventory Auditor

      • Contributed to team that inventoried retail stores across the division
      • Achieved the highest asset ranking available from this company in recognition of accuracy and productivity
      Oct 2007Jan 2009

      University Bands Stagehand

      Capital University
      • Responsible for the presetting of rooms prior to large ensemble rehearsals and performances on a daily basis
      • Coordinated a stagehand team during the annual reading band clinic that ensured the timely setting of equipment
      Aug 2006Dec 2008

      Conservatory Peer Tutor

      Capital University
      • Tutored students 1-on-1 needing assistance in the following core music areas: Music Theory, Audiation, and Music Literature
      Jun 2006Jun 2008

      Winds & Percussion Camp Low Brass Instructor

      Capital University
      • Led low brass sectionals for students entering grades 7 through 9 during this 1-week camp in 2006 and 2008
      • Responsible for supervising students throughout the day

      Professional Activities

      Specialized Training

      • Engaging Students With Poverty In Mind, January - March 2014
      • Teaching Students With Poverty In Mind, November 2013


      • New York State Band Directors Association, October 2014 - Present
      • New York State School Music Association, November 2009 - Present
      • National Association for Music Education, September 2006 - Present


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