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John Phillips

Band Director

Education

Jul 2008Aug 2011

Master of Arts

Jacksonville State University

While at Jacksonville State University, I completed a thesis entitled A Pilot Study: The Assessment Procedures of Instrumental Music Teachers in Northeast Alabama that focused on examining the assessment practices of instrumental music teachers and their perceived effectiveness.

Aug 2003May 2005

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Auburn University

Additional Studies in Music Education including TI:ME (Technology Institute for Music Educators) Level 1 Certification, Band Literature, Philosophy and History of Music Education and American Music History

Aug 1999Jun 2003

Bachelor of Science

Troy University

While here I was a member of the Sound of the South Marching Band, Collegiate Singers, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. I was member of the music ministry at Hephzibah Baptist Church and occasionally attended the Baptist Campus Ministries when time allowed. 

Work History (Pre and Post Certification)

Nov 2013May 2016

Band Director/Music Teacher

Birmingham City Schools 

I was the band director and music teacher at Ernest F. Bush K-8 School from Nov. 2014-2015, the band director at Carrie A. Tuggle Elementary School from Aug. 2015-May 2016, and the assistant band director at Arthur Harold Parker High School from Aug. 2015-May 2016. While in Birmingham City Schools, I was the textbook coordinator at Bush and Tuggle. I was also responsible for school multimedia and audio equipment. I was also responsible for safety drills at Tuggle and making sure the school was compliant with nSide and VAS3. As the assistant at Parker, I helped the band achieve the highest scores in school history at state music performance assessment.

Feb 2013Nov 2013

Substitute Teacher

Baldwin County Board of Education

I worked with various Baldwin County schools (mainly Elberta Elementary School, Foley Elementary School, Foley Intermediate School, and Swift School.) as a substitute teacher. My primary job was to continue the learning process while a teacher was absent and to maintain classroom order and discipline. I developed professional and personal contacts with the faculty and staff of the schools. Many faculty members praised me on my professionalism as well my ability to the class on track for the absent teacher. 

Jan 2012Jan 2013

Substitute Teacher

Anniston City Schools

I worked with the Anniston City Schools (primarily at Anniston High School) as a substitute teacher. My primary job was to continue the learning process while a teacher was absent and to maintain classroom order and discipline. I developed professional and personal contacts with the faculty and staff of the schools. Many faculty members praised me on my professionalism as well my ability to the class on track for the absent teacher. 

Jan 2012Jan 2013

Substitute Teacher

Oxford City Schools

I worked with the Oxford City Schools (primarily for DeArmanville Elementary and Coldwater Elementary) as a substitute teacher. My primary job was to continue the learning process while a teacher was absent and to maintain classroom order and discipline. I developed professional and personal contacts with the faculty and staff of the schools. Many faculty members praised me on my professionalism as well my ability to the class on track for the absent teacher. 

Aug 2008Jan 2013

Substitute Teacher

Calhoun County Schools

I worked with various Calhoun County schools (mainly Alexandria Elementary, Alexandria High School, and White Plains High School) as a substitute teacher. My primary job was to continue the learning process while a teacher was absent and to maintain classroom order and discipline. I developed professional and personal contacts with the faculty and staff of the schools. Many faculty members praised me on my professionalism as well my ability to the class on track for the absent teacher. 

Aug 2008Jan 2013

Substitute Teacher

Jacksonville City Schools

I worked with the Jacksonville City Schools as a substitute teacher. My primary job was to continue the learning process while a teacher was absent and to maintain classroom order and discipline. I developed professional and personal contacts with the faculty and staff of the schools. Many faculty members praised me on my professionalism as well my ability to the class on track for the absent teacher. 

Aug 2008Jan 2013

Substitute Teacher

Piedmont City Schools

I worked with the Piedmont City Schools (mainly Piedmont Middle School) as a substitute teacher. My primary job was to continue the learning process while a teacher was absent and to maintain classroom order and discipline. I developed professional and personal contacts with the faculty and staff of the schools. Many faculty members praised me on my professionalism as well my ability to the class on track for the absent teacher. 

Aug 2007May 2008

Band Director/Music Teacher: Pre-Certification

DeKalb County Schools- Ider School

I taught beginning band to fifth graders, intermediate band to sixth graders, marching band 6-12, concert band 7-12, music appreciation, and 8th grade music elective.

While at Ider, I was able to help raise the average playing level of the band as well as helped to implement inventory tracking systems, music cataloging, and build school and community support for the program.

Aug 2006May 2007

Band Director/Music Teacher: Pre-Certification

Thomasville City Schools

I taught beginning band to sixth graders, intermediate band to seventh graders, marching band 8-12, concert band 8-12, music appreciation, and beginning guitar.

While at Thomasville, I was able to begin building newfound community support for the band program as well as help raise the average playing level of the band. I was also responsible for reinstating the majorette line which had been disbanded about 10+ years before my arrival.

Aug 2005May 2006

Band Director/Music Teacher: Pre-Certification

Butler County Schools- Greenville Middle School

I taught sixth grade beginning band, seventh grade intermediate band, eighth grade advanced band, and 7-8 music appreciation. I assisted the high school director during marching season in whatever capacity was needed.

While at Greenville, I was able to rebuild an organizational structure into the facility that had not existed in a couple of years as well as reorganize and re-catalog the music library.

Skills

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Musical Instrument Repair
I do basic repairs on musical instruments to get them in playing condition or can diagnose basic problems to explain to a repair technician. I can usually give a rough cost estimate as well.
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Misc. Technological Skills
I can set up and operate a sound system, run and do basic trouble shooting on computers, set-up computers and computer components and accessories with minimal guidance.
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Drill Writing
I have written drill for my groups in the past, but I've not learned a computer program yet. I design by hand.
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Music Arranging
I arrange tunes for my ensembles, usually warm-ups and chorales. Other tunes take longer to do, but I have done them in the past.
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Photography
I take pictures of various scenes and people. I need an equipment upgrade, but I do well with the setup I have.
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Web Design
I have dabbled in creating websites for myself and my previous bands. I do have to get help from some friends on occasion, but I try to always put together a logical, visually pleasing product.
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Singer
I sing Tenor.
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Clarinet
I play Clarinet
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Tuba
I play Tuba.

Musical Experience

  • Crestwood Community Band (Birmingham, AL, Conductor- 2015-2016)
  • Birmingham Wind Ensemble (Birmingham, AL, Tuba, Bass Clarinet, Alto and Tenor Saxophone, Percussion- 2013-2016)
  • Baldwin County Youth Symphony Orchestra (Fairhope, AL, Tuba, Education Assistant 2013)
  • Baldwin Pops Community Band (Fairhope, AL, Tuba- 2013)
  • Founder- Calhoun County Community Band (Jacksonville, AL, Conductor 2011-2012)
  • Calhoun Civic Chorale (Jacksonville, AL, 2008-2011- Tenor I)
  • Haralson County Community Band (Tallapoosa, GA, Tuba and Clarinet- 2008-2011)
  • Jacksonville State University Symphonic Band (2009-2011)
  • Phi Mu Alpha National Convention Wind Ensemble 2006, 2009, 2012
  • Southeast Alabama Community Band (Troy, AL, Tuba- 2005)
  • Auburn University Campus Band (Auburn, AL, Tuba and Clarinet- 2003-2004)
  • Troy University Sound of the South Marching and Concert Bands (Troy, AL- Tuba, 1999-2003)
  • Troy University Collegiate Singers (Troy, AL- Tenor I, 2000-2003)
  • Other church and civic musical events. (Tenor and Handbells)

Certificates, Recommendation Letters, Work Samples, Etc. 

Various certificates, recommendation letters, work samples, and other pertinent documents.

Interests

Performing with concert and marching bands, singing, photography, writing, web design, audio recording, music arranging, marching band drill design, technology/computers, and drama/musical theater, health and fitness, church and church related activities.

Honors

  • Conductor- Crestwood Community Band (2015-2016)
  • Assistant Collegiate Province Representative for Province 34 of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia (2004-2005)
  • Tuba section leader Sound of the South Concert band (2002)
  • DHR Good Citizen Award (1999)
  • Atmore Area Chamber of Commerce Chamber Ambassador (1998-1999)
  • Atmore Area Chamber of Commerce Youth Leadership Atmore (1997-1998)
  • 2nd place Editorialist Alabama High School Journalism Association (1996)

Professional Affiliations

  • Birmingham Education Association (2013-2016)
  • Phi Delta Kappa (2010-present)
  • Kappa Delta Pi (2009-present)
  • Alabama Education Association (2005-2008, 2011-present)
  • Alabama Bandmasters’ Association (2005-2008)
  • The Conductor’s Guild (2002-2003)
  • Barbershop Harmony Society (2001-2002)
  • National Band Association (2003-present)
  • Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, social music fraternity (2000-present)
  • National Association for Music Education (1999- present)

Certifications

Jan 2014Present

NBPTS- Music-Ages 11-18+: Early Adolescence through Young Adulthood-Band

IN PROGRESS- Component 2 passed, Components 1 & 3 pending. Component 4 not released.
Aug 2011Aug 2021

Alabama A

Alabama State Department of Education

Music Education- Instrumental