Musician Composer Educator Conductor Arranger
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Fall 2020 - As I enter the second year in my new adventure here in Connecticut, there have been many significant changes. After 30 years in Miami, Florida, I began working at The Gunnery in 2019, here in picturesque Washington, CT. In July of 2020, the school announced a rebranding and name change, after 170 years, as a recommitment to its founder, Frederick Gunn. I am now the Director of the Arts and Music Director at The Frederick Gunn School! The FGS $23MM Thomas Perakos Arts & Community Center opened in January, and two months later we were all thrust into a global pandemic and distance learning. Although this has been a challenge, teachers across the country (and beyond) embraced the virtual classroom and all became first-year teachers again in a new world of education. Our music program at FGS worked hard to release 10 virtual ensembles in the spring, and we are doing the same this fall. Please check out my YouTube channel to see! More updates to come...stay tuned!
Winter 2021 - After a really fun "Winterim" semester (the 3 weeks between Thanksgiving and the holiday break) teaching a brand new course (with a fellow teacher) that I titled "Open Mic Night!" as well as presenting an 8-song virtual holiday concert titled, "Home For The Holidays," which debuted on December 17th, we are now embarking on yet another fully remote semester all the way up to spring break. Times are not getting easier, by any stretch. Pandemic fatigue, a nation's unrest, Zoom overload, and the white noise of virtual ensembles are causing it to be more and more difficult for music educators to engage our young musicians. This is not what they signed up for. This is not what I signed up for. As we enter month 10 of this pandemic, I am taking a more individualized approach to education this semester, allowing our students to create their own paths—their own journeys—to a more meaningful remote experience in music. By utilizing solo and chamber repertoire as well as affording the students the opportunity to pick their own additional and separate repertoire, I feel this will ultimately help our ensembles when we return together (hopefully) in the spring. They will learn the true meaning of individual accountability and teamwork through their own efforts towards a mastery of skills. It's time to remember why we love music. It's time to remember how powerful music really is. It's time to appreciate the things we do have. It's time to look forward to a brighter future.
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