Robert Edwards


Relevant Experience & Accomplishments

Program Coordination

•Successfully established private company, Visions of Glory (Independent contractor).

•Advised students in regards to career goals and life objectives in education.

•Formulated, wrote, and implemented organizational handbook for Shaw University  Marching Band.

•Formulated, wrote, and implemented Fine Arts Program for Private School.

•Designed leadership training program for university marching band students.

•Educational Clinician for various high schools, colleges, and universities.


•Recruitment and retention of staff and students.

•Instruct, supervise, and evaluate staff and students leadership and management  development.

•Responsible for organizing organizational work objectives.

•Managed students to fulfill the mission of band program and University.

•Successfully refined and implemented programs for student academic improvement.

•Managed and constructed program budgets


With over nine professional years of experience in the fine arts, my objective is to take my professional experiences and promote purpose and leadership through the fine arts. I strongly believe a student can still accelerate even if they never fully prefect their talents in the arts but develop a passion for what they do. During this process the student can learn to identify with their character and how to work as a team player as well. Through hard work and discipline the student will develop excellence and purpose in their personal and professional character.

Work History

Work History
Aug 2005 - Present


Shaw University

•Supervise and manage students on various institutional projects.

•Created and developed leadership programs to ensure order, discipline, development, and organization in music program.

•Recruited for University Marching band, objective to find potential leaders for growth of music program, providing students and parents with information concerning Shaw University.

•Booked and managed travel for students and staff.

•Instructor of music for the following courses: conducting class, applied trumpet, applied French-Horn, jazz literature, jazz band, assistant concern band director.

•Drill Coordinator.

1999 - Present

Education Specialist/Independent Music Contractor

R-Leadership Envisioned

•Privately owned business devoted to the educational needs of youth and young adults; ensuring equity, integrity, and excellence in education.

•Mentor, teacher, arranger, composer, drill coordinator, song writer, producer, music editor, play writer, and clinician.

•Proposal and grant writer.

Aug 2010 - Present

Professor of Music/Director of Bands

Johnson C. Smith University

•Director of Bands

•Jazz Band Director

•Symphonic Band and Small Ensemble Director (Created the Symphonic band at JCSU in Spring of 2012)  

•Professor of Music Theory

•Professor of Conducting Course

•Professor of Applied lessons

•Professor of Music Lit.

Jan 2006 - Aug 2010

Fine Arts Director

Word of God Christain Acadmey

•Contracted to establish Fine Arts program for private Christian Academy according to an original proposal.

•Taught Beginning Band, dance, general music, chorus, and chapel praise team.

•Event Planner for various programs and seasonal productions for organization.

•Managed Fine Arts Department for church ministry

Sep 2008 - Jun 2010

Applied Trumpet Instructor

Saint Augustine College

•Adjunct instructor, applied trumpet.

•Taught other courses as needed such as Concert Band.

1999 - 2005


Young Life Urban Youth Program

·Responsible for mentoring inner city youth in Norfolk Public School system (middle and high school students)

·Conducted and managed various youth sessions to teach leadership, integrity, and excellence

2002 - 2005

Instructor, Summer Jr. Music Program

Norfolk State University

•Taught applied trumpet and music theory to inner city youth.

2003 - 2005

Band Director and Music Program Coordinator

Atlantic Shores Christian School

•Responsible for coordinating various educational programs.

•Taught approximately 350 students in grade levels 4 through 12.

•Responsible for managing program budget and planning.

•Prepared students for concerts and festivals.

2002 - 2003

General Music Teacher

Portsmouth Public School System

•Worked for the Portsmouth School system as a general music teacher for grades K through 6.


Sep 2006 - Present

Doctor of Education in Leadership and Administration

Walden University

Fine Arts Portfolio



Licensing, Affiliation, & Honors

•    Licensing: Association of Christian Schools International Educators Certification (ASCI), 2005, Renewed 2009-2012 •    MENC Membership, 1999-2005 •    Recipient: Parson Vice Presidential Honor Scholar (Norfolk State University), 2002 •    Continuing Education Unit Certificate Hampton Roads Association of Christian Schools, (Regent University) 2004 •    Carolina/Virginia Teachers Conventions, (Joseph Koury Convention Center), 2004 •    NAACP: Advisor for the Shaw University (NAACP) National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, 2007-2010 •    The American Society for Composers, Artist, and Publishers (ASCAP), 2006-Present •    National Band Directors Consortium, 2003-Present •    Grant Writing Fundamentals for Non-profit Organization, (North Carolina State University) 2008