I am a teacher certified by New York State in Music Education grades K-12, and in Special Education. I did my undergraduate work at the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam and my graduate work at Syracuse University. I spent one year teaching 8th grade chorus and music in the Churchville Chili Jr. High School, in Churchville NY. I currently work as a 6th, 7th & 8th grade music teacher in the West Genesee Central School District in Camillus, NY. I teach general music and a chorus of 150+ singers, as well as directing the annual school and teaching swing dancing! I have done work for the Cananstota Central School District, Lafayette Central School District, Chittenango Central School District and the Fayetteville-Manlius Central School District. I am also currently the Music Director/Organist at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Camillus, NY. I choose the weekly hymns and direct the choir, as well as play the organ for any and all services. In my "free" time I have a studio of approximately 30 students, teaching private voice and piano lessons. My students range in age from as young as 5 to adults!
I would say that my teaching style depends on the kids in front of me. For example, I run my chorus rehearsal of 90+ kids very differently than my general music class of only 12 kids, 4 of whom have IEP's, 2 more have 504 Plans and still 3 more are ADD/ADHD. I strive to patient and fair with all students! I try to include both visual and auditory methods to the material, so that students who learn better one way or the other can pick up the information.
I work in the West Genesee Central School District Music Department, which has been named One of the Best Communities for Music Education for its 7th consecutive year by the NAMM Foundation. I was asked to be the guest conductor at the Oswego County Elementary All County Festival in November 2011. I was given the honor of conducting a choir of approximately 100 students from all over Oswego County (New York).
I am a teacher certified by New York State in Music Education grades K-12, and in Special Education. I graduated high school in 1994. I did my undergraduate work at the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam, graduating in 1998 and my graduate work at Syracuse University, completing my degree in 2002.
Many consider music to be the universal language in the world. No matter what language we speak, the music remains the same. Music can also aid in many other areas; * language: it uses it’s own set of symbols and terms to create sound, often terms are in foreign languages as well; * physical education: the body needs to be trained to correctly play any instrument (including the voice!); * math: music uses numbers in many and varied ways for beats, rhythms and many other things; * history: each of the different styles of music took place during a different period in time, creating their unique sounds; the list goes on and on!