Curriculum Vitae

PROFESSIONAL TEACHING EXPERIENCE


Joseph A. Edgar Intermediate School

Rocky Point Public School District

Rocky Point, New York

(September 1, 1998 – present)

  • General Music Teacher for students in grades 3 through 5
  • Director of the 3rd/4th Grade Beginner Chorus, 4th/5th Grade Intermediate Chorus, and 5th Grade Select Chorus
  • Director of 5th Grade Drama Club
  • Curriculum Writing, General Music, Grades 3-5

Metropolitan Youth Orchestra of New York

Manhasset, NY

(September 1, 2007 – present) 

  • Director of Nassau and Suffolk Treble Choirs. Grades 4-6

Hofstra University

Hempstead, NY

(January 2015 – present) 

  • Adjunct Assistant Professor

Hofstra University

Hempstead, NY

(January 2005 – present) 

  • Administrative Program Coordinator for Summer Studies in Music Education

Stony Brook University (SUNY)

Stony Brook, NY

(September 2017 – present) 

  • Director of the Early Childhood Community Music Program

CERTIFICATION AND EDUCATION


Permanent Certification for Public School Service in Music

The New York State Education Department


Master of Arts

School of Professional Development

State University of New York at Stony Brook, 2000-2002


Bachelor of Music

Crane School of Music

State University of New York at Potsdam, 1996-1998

Major: Music Education

Honors: Cum Laude, Kappa Delta Pi – Education Honor Society, President’s List, National Dean’s List


ADVANCED CERTIFICATES


Kodály Certification Levels I, II, III

University of Hartford, Hartt School of Music, 2010-2012


Feierabend Association for Music Education Curriculum Certification

First Steps in Music, Conversational Solfege 1 & 2 and Conversational Solfege Upper Levels

University of Hartford, Hartt School of Music, 2010-2012


Feierabend Association for Music Education Endorsed Teacher Trainer Certification, Conversational Solfege 1 & 2

University of Hartford, Hartt School of Music, 2015


Orff-Schulwerk Master Class

University of Memphis, Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music, 2010-2012


Orff-Schulwerk Teacher Education Levels I, II, III

Hofstra University, 2003-2005


Choral Music Experience Institute Levels I, II

Ithaca College, School of Music, 2005-2006


World Music Drumming Levels I, II, III


Technology Institute for Music Educators Level I


RECENT COURSES & WORKSHOP PRESENTATIONS


  • Music Literacy in the Elementary Choral Rehearsal, Suffolk Chapter of the New York State Council of Administrators of Music Education’s Professional Development Series, Hauppauge Middle School, Hauppauge, NY, September 25, 2018
  • Music Literacy in the Elementary Choral Rehearsal, New Jersey Music Educators Association’s Summer Workshop, The College of New Jersey, Ewing, NJ, August 7, 2018
  • First Steps in Music with Orff Schulwerk, Feierabend Association for Music Education Biennial FAME Conference 2018, Co-presented with Joani Brandon, Betsy Greene, Rachel Grimsby and Chris Tranberg, Chicago Midway Marriott, Chicago, IL, July 22, 2018
  • Rhythmic Music Literacy in the Elementary Choral Rehearsal, Feierabend Association for Music Education Biennial FAME Conference 2018, Chicago Midway Marriott, Chicago, IL, July 21, 2018
  • Conversational Solfege(FAME Levels 1&2 Certification Course), 2018 Feierabend Association for Music Education (FAME) Pre-Conference Course, Chicago Midway Marriott, Chicago, IL, July 18-July 20, 2018
  • Conversational Solfege, Graduate Course @ Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY, June 25-June 29, 2018
  • Introduction to Conversational Solfege, Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY, April 26, 2018
  • Music Literacy in the Elementary Choral Rehearsal, Connecticut Music Educators Association’s 72ndAnnual CMEA In-Service Conference, Connecticut Convention Center, Hartford, CT, April 21, 2018
  • Music Literacy in the Elementary Choral Rehearsal, American Choral Directors Association 2018 Children’s & Community Youth Choirs Conductor’s Retreat, Hilton Houston Post Oak, Houston, TX, January 12, 2018
  • Cultivating a Tuneful, Beatful and Artful Environment in the Elementary General Music Classroom, Suffolk County Symposium Day for Music Education, Commack, NY, November 7, 2017
  • Music Literacy in the Elementary Choral Rehearsal, Suffolk County Symposium Day for Music Education, Commack, NY, November 7, 2017
  • Introduction to the Orff Schulwerk Approach, Long Island University, C.W. Post Campus, Brookville, NY, October 27, 2017
  • Introduction to Conversational Solfege, A Professional Development Workshop for the Plainview-Old Bethpage School Music Department, Long Island, NY, September 25, 2017
  • Music Literacy in the Elementary Choral Rehearsal, New York State School Music Association Summer Conference, Hilton Albany, Albany, NY, August 13, 2017
  • Conversational Solfege, Graduate Course @ Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY, June 26-June 20, 2017
  • Music Literacy in the Elementary Choral Rehearsal, National Association for Music Education Eastern Division Conference, Atlantic City Convention Center, Atlantic City, NJ, April 7, 2017
  • Music Literacy in the Elementary Choral Rehearsal, Organization of American Kodály Educators National Conference, Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Philadelphia, PA, March 25, 2017
  • Music Literacy in the Elementary Choral Rehearsal, American Choral Directors Association National Conference, Hilton Minneapolis, Minneapolis, MN, March 10, 2017
  • Music Literacy in the Elementary Choral Rehearsal, Virginia Organization for Kodály Educators Workshop Series, Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School, Falls Church, VA, February 25, 2017
  • Music Literacy in the Elementary Choral Rehearsal, National Association for Music Education National In-Service Conference, Gaylord Texan Resort Hotel and Convention Center, Grapevine, TX, November 11, 2016
  • Music Literacy in the Elementary Choral Rehearsal, American Choral Directors Association (New York Chapter) Fall Conference 2016, Garden City, NY, November 5, 2016
  • Music Literacy in the Elementary Choral Rehearsal, Feierabend Association for Music Education Biennial FAME Conference 2016, Gordon College, Wenham, MA, July 16, 2016
  • Developing Literacy Using Conversational Solfege, NAfME Chapter @ Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY, March 9, 2016
  • Music Literacy in the Elementary Choral Rehearsal, Organization of American Kodály Educators Eastern Division Tune Up, The Arts at Millersville University Ware Center, Lancaster, PA, November 7, 2015
  • Music Literacy in the Elementary Choral Rehearsal, Suffolk County Symposium Day for Music Education, Commack, NY, November 3, 2015
  • The Circle of Success: Building the Foundation for a Successful Children’s Choir, Kodály Organization of New York, Metropolitan Montessori School, New York, NY, April 19, 2015
  • Folk Dancing Fun: Sure-Fire Dances Your Elementary Students Will Love!, New York State Summer Music Conference, Hilton Albany, Albany, NY, August 10, 2014
  • Aligning Music Lessons with Common Core Standards while Maintaining Joyful Music Making, Feierabend Association for Music Education Inaugural FAME Conference 2014, University of Hartford, Hartford, CT, July 26, 2014
  • The Circle of Success: Building the Foundation for a Successful Children’s Choir, Long Island Chapter of the American Orff-Schulwerk Association, Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY, April 26, 2014
  • Plan In a Can: Music, Common Core & Assessment – Saluting General Music (Implementing a Standards Crosswalk and exploring ways to incorporate Common Core Standards into your elementary music curriculum, while maintaining JOYFUL music making.), New York State School Music Association’s 78thAnnual Winter Conference, Rochester, NY, December 6, 2013
  • Out of the Box: Successful Rehearsal Strategies With a Toybox!, New York State Council of Administrators of Music Education’s Symposium Day for Music Education, Commack, NY, November 5, 2013
  • Implementing a Standards Crosswalk and exploring ways to incorporate Common Core Standards into your elementary music curriculum, while maintaining JOYFUL music making.), New York State Council of Administrators of Music Education’s Symposium Day for Music Education, Commack, NY, November 5, 2013

CHORAL CONDUCTING HIGHLIGHTS


Metropolitan Youth Orchestra of New York - Nassau and Suffolk Treble Choirs Choral Director

  • Premiere of “One Song” by Melissa Keylock and Jill Friedersdorf, Carnegie Hall – May, 2018
  • Tilles Center for the Performing Arts - March 2018
  • Adelphi University Performing Arts Center - March 2018
  • LeFrak Concert Hall - December 2017
  • Staller Center for the Arts - November 2017
  • Star-Spangled Banner at New York Mets Game, Citi Field - June 2017
  • Rose Theatre at Jazz @ Lincoln Center - May 2017
  • NY/ACDA Fall Conference, Selected Performing Choir - November 2016
  • Premiere of "COMIC BOOK OPERA" by Nick Page, Alice Tully Hall @ Lincoln Center - June 2011

Connecticut Music Educators Association

  • Elementary Honors Choir, Guest Conductor, Hartford, CT, 2018

American Choral Directors Association (New York Chapter) 

  • Metropolitan Youth Orchestra of New York Nassau Treble Choir, NY-ACDA Fall Conference Selected Performing Choir, 2016

Kodály Organization of New York 

  • "Voice United" Choral Festival, Guest Conductor and Guest Adjudicator, St. Michael's Church, NYC, 2016

Ulster County Music Educators’ Association, New York

  • All-County Chorus, Elementary, Guest Conductor, 2016

Nassau Music Educators’ Association, New York

  • All-County Chorus, Division I Guest Conductor, 2008, 2011, 2012
  • All-County Chorus, Division II Guest Conductor, 2015
  • PEAK Festival, Guest Clinician, 2005, 2010, 2016

Pennsylvania Music Educators’ Association

  • Elementary ChorusFest, Guest Conductor, 2014

Suffolk County Music Educators’ Association, New York

  • All-County Chorus, Division I, Guest Conductor, 2013
  • Eugene Reichenthal Day of Recorder Festival, Guest Conductor, 2005, 2010, 2015
  • PEAK Festival, Guest Clinician, 2009-present

Rockland County Music Educators’ Association, New York

  • All-County Chorus, Elementary, Guest Conductor, 2012, 2018

Dutchess County Music Educators’ Association, New York

  • All-County Chorus, Guest Conductor, 2011

Schoharie County Music Educators’ Association, New York

  • All-County Chorus, Guest Conductor, 2010

PUBLISHED WORKS


GIA Publications

  • Joani Brandon, Betsy Greene, Rachel Grimsby, Craig Knapp, Chris Tranberg (2017). First Steps in Music with Orff Schulwerk: Sing, Say, Dance, Play. Chicago, IL.: GIA Publications.

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATION LEADERSHIP POSITIONS


American Choral Directors Association (Eastern Division)

  • ACDA-ED Elementary Honor Choir Chairperson, 2011-2016

American Choral Directors Association (New York Chapter)

  • NY-ACDA Long Island Regional Representative, 2012-2017
  • NY-ACDA 2016 Fall Conference Planning Committee, 2016
  • NY-ACDA Long Island Regional Representative, 2012-2017
  • NY/ACDA Repertoire & Standards Chairperson for Children’s Choirs, 2007-2012
  • NY/ACDA Elementary Honor Choir Chairperson, 2007-2010

American Orff-Schulwerk Association (Long Island Chapter)

  • LIAOSA Executive Board Member, Membership Chairperson, 2012-2017

Feierabend Association for Music Education

  • FAME Executive Board Member, Member at Large, 2012-2016
  • FAME Endorsed Teacher Committee, 2014-2016

National Association for Music Education

  • Curriculum Writer, Library of Congress "Teaching with Primary Sources" Writing Project, 2016-2017

New York State Education Department

  • Standards Review Team, Music, 2016-present

New York State School Music Association

  • NYSSMA Curriculum Committee, 2012-present
  • NYSSMA Manual Selection Committee, Major Organization, Treble Chorus, 2015-present

Suffolk County Music Educators’ Association

  • SCMEA Executive Board Member, President, 2009-2010
  • SCMEA Vice President for All-County Festivals. 2005-2008
  • SCMEA Advocacy Committee, 2010-2014

AWARDS AND COMMENDATIONS

  • Dowling College/News 12 Long Island - Educator of the Month, 2005-2006 Academic Year
  • New York State School Music Association – Lesson Included on Music Views DVD Project
  • Rocky Point Parent Teacher Association – Jenkin’s Award Recipient, 2007

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATION MEMBERSHIPS


ACDA – American Choral Director’s Association – Lifetime

AFT - American Federation of Teachers Americans For The Arts

AMTA – American Music Therapy Association

AOSA – American Orff-Schulwerk Association – (LIAOSA, Long Island Chapter)

ARS - American Recorder Society

ATMI – Association for Technology in Music Instruction

Chorus America

DSA – Dalcroze Society of America (DSA, Tri-State Chapter)

ECMMA – Early Childhood Music & Movement Association

FAME – Feierabend Association for Music Education – Lifetime

GIML – Gordon Institute for Music Learning

IFCM – International Federation for Choral Music

ISME – International Society for Music Educators

Kappa Delta Pi – Society Member - Education Honor Society

MTNA – Music Teachers National Association

NAfME – The National Association for Music Education

NATS – National Association of Teachers of Singing

NMEA – Nassau County Music Educator’s Association

NYSSMA – New York State School Music

NYSUT - New York State United Teachers

OAKE - Organization of American Kodály Educators (KONY, Kodály Organization of New York) - Lifetime

SCMEA – Suffolk County Music Educator’s Association

TI:ME – Technology Institute for Music Educators