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Maria Pettis

Instrumental Music Educator

Work experience

Jul 2012Present

Music Educator

Eagle Nest Elementary School, Dorchester District 2

Teaching vocal and general music to students in kindergarten through fifth grade. Knowledge of Smartboard technology, Finale and other music software. Use of Orff,  recorders, world drums, keyboards and other instruments. Various musical productions such as "A Year With Frog and Toad" and "School House Rock, Jr". Served on ELA committee, Sunshine committee and participate in Learning Communities.  Implemented Common Core and PBIS.  Assist with annual Veteran's Day program. Use school website to post audio files and information for students and parents.

Aug 2013Oct 2013

Woodwind and Visual Marching Band Technician

Ashley Ridge High School, Dorchester District Two

Assisted with summer camp and after school marching band rehearsals.  Taught basics as well as drill.  Held woodwind sectionals.

Aug 2011Jul 2012

Substitute Teacher

Dorchester District Two and Summerville Catholic School

Substitute Teacher.  All grade levels and subjects.

Jan 1999Jun 2001

Band and Orchestra Director

Sutherland Middle School, Albemarle County Schools

Taught beginner band, advanced band, and orchestra. Prepared students to march in local parades. Coordinated fundraisers to defray costs of annual student trip to Busch Gardens, and supplement band budget. Managed the yearly budget.  7th/8th Grade Band received Excellent rating at Festival.  Successfully prepared students for Solo & Ensemble contest as well as All-County events. Adjudicated for various SCBDA events. Taught guitar class as well as beginning and advanced strings classes.  Was responsible for the instrument and uniform inventory. Worked with parent booster program. Created concert and event programs.

Jan 2000May 2001

Band Director

Cutchogue East Elementary School, Mattituck-Cutchogue UFSD

Taught small group instrumental lessons to students in 4th and 5th grades. Taught beginning band. Also successfully prepared students for NYSSMA Solo & Ensemble Contest as well as annual concerts.  Band also received an Excellent rating at festival.

Sep 1994Jun 1998

Band Director

Shelter Island School District

Taught small group instrumental lessons to all students. Taught beginning band to 4th graders as well as 5th/6th grade concert band, 7th-12th grade concert band, and jazz band. Marched locally in parades. Coordinated fundraisers to defray costs of new uniforms and supplement band budget. Successfully prepared students for NYSSMA Solo & Ensemble contest as well as All-County events. Coordinated and hosted North Fork Combined Band event (similar to an All-County, but no auditions needed to participate). Managed the yearly budget and uniform inventory. Created concert programs.  Served as a mentor in the school's adult/student mentoring program. Served as Arts-in-Education Coordinator where I was responsible for searching for, and bringing in, guest artists for assembly programs and master classes.


Sep 1991Jun 1994

Master of Science

Queens College
Sep 1985Jun 1989

Bachelor of Music

Ithaca College

Studied Clarinet with Michael Galvan.
Studied Conducting with Rodney Winther.

Portfolio for Maria Pettis

Certifications, transcripts, etc


Mrs. Karen Spillane, Principal (retired), Dorchester District Two, SC

Ms. Michelle Nicholson, Asst. Principal, Dorchester District Two, SC

Mrs. Phyllis Power, Music Department Head (retired), Shelter Island School, NY


middle and high school band
concert band, lessons, jazz band, marching band, percussion ensemble, solo/ensemble festival, band festival
elementary band
band, lessons, solo/ensemble festival, band festival
string orchestra, solo/ensemble festival
public school ensembles
General Music
k-5 general music classes, vocal music rehearsal and performances
Finale, Smart Music, Smartboard, Edmoto, Social Media, various music apps


Sep 1995Present

Permanent Certification

University of State of NY Education Department
Instrumental Music K-12, no expiration
Jan 2013Jan 2018

Professional Certification

South Carolina Department of Education