BS, Winston-Salem State University, Music Education
MS Long Island University at the CW Post Campus, Music Education
Many varied Performance achievements.
Permanent Certification issed by the State of New York to teach Music PreK-Grade12
I have had many experiences in my pursuit of Music throughout the Eastern Seaboard. I have had professional singing experiences as well in a few varied genres, include Gospel, Spiritual and Classical musics. My professional training in Education has afforded me the luxury of teaching in a variety of educational settings ranging from Pre-School to Adult Continuing Education. To culminate my work experiences in Therapeutic Music as both a Recreation Specialist and Music Therapist, I completed one year of study at New York University and have plans to one day finish a program I started there. I have also maintained my skill at performance on Woodwinds and Classical guitar, which I enjoy especially having students to prepare for.
My teaching expereince dates back to before I graduated undergraduate school. Since I had a semester to wait for Commencement, I was afforded an opportunity to work as a Teacher assistant, in an Open Classroom Learning Environment. This immediately preceded a very rewarding Student Teaching experience in the rural southern state of North Carolina. I was as challenging an experience as I have ever had being that my travel mileage on some days was as much as 80 miles. Upon my return to New York, I was afforded an opportunity to teach Beginner Band Grades 4,5 and 6, per diem for one year. As an itinerate teacher I travelled between three school buildings within the district and sometimes two buildings within the same day. It was a challenge as well as very rewarding to have prepared them for the several wonderful performances that they did do that year. Since those early days, I have been afforded many opportunities to make a difference in the lives of young people by sharing my knowledge and expereince teaching General Music PreK-Grade 8.
When in the field of Music Education, I do adhere strenuously to the Standards set forth by The Education Dept, which gives a clear understanding as to what they are supposed to learn during the Grade they have achieved. My lessons and objective come from those guidelines. I will not often deviate from it, although I will use my own discretion in determining how to meet the Standard. I maintain alot of educational materials of my own to augment what is already available to me, as well. My experience in various settings, coupled with my education makes me very suitable for going into any situation and taking control of it from the inception.
I initiate from the very beginning utilizing Orff, Kodaly and Suzuki methods, as well as some movement activities for my very young students (Pre-K and Kindergarten).Then, I implement some form of musical notation based around sight singing, as a way of laying a good foundation to build upon. As I work through the grades I build upon what they are to know according to the Standards set forth by the State Dept. of Education. Additionally, I will spend time sorting through my students. And when I find a student that has an ability to do a specific musical task, I will usually nurture the student in that regard. For example, if I have a student that plays guitar at Home, he will usually be very willing to play guitar at school as well. I will find that student and offer him that opportunity in most cases. Or even before begiining Band, if I find a student who is very well at reading Music, I will not hesitate to recommend that student for Band; sometimes as early as Grade 3. My students are always rewarded for their efforts. I will spend an amount of my budget for rewards of all sorts; sometime during the school year, and always at the end of the School Year. My parents are always pleased, in that I encourage all who want to participate as well.