music teacher chorus and band director resume example with 14+ years of experience

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Music Teacher • Chorus and Band Director, 12/2007 to Current
Waukegan Public School District 60Waukegan, IL,
  • Teaching students to read music and internalize musical concepts through learning piano, percussion, woodwind, and brass instruments.
  • These classes give students a firm knowledge foundation to apply further to intermediate/ advance instrument studies and ensemble playing.
  • Conducting school’s choir.
  • Providing voice training based on traditional classic vocal pedagogy, vocal health and function.
  • Teaching basic understanding of music theory, including music notation, sight-singing, solfege, ear training, and music appreciation through selected age-appropriate and diverse music repertoire.
  • Directing concert/ jazz band rehearsals and performances for groups of 40 to 120 students to achieve desired effects such as tonal and hormonal balance dynamics, rhythm, and tempo.
  • Developing lesson plans as well as instructional materials and providing opportunities for individualized and small group instruction, adapting the curriculum to the needs of each student.
  • Establishing and maintaining standards of student conduct needed to achieve a music classroom climate conducive to learning.
  • Evaluating students’ progress and maintaining accurate records.
  • Consulting with parents and guardians to convene on students’ performance, conduct and educational prioritization.
  • Engages students in learning through technology using Music First software,,, and other activities.
  • Teaching remote classes via zoom.
  • Directing music for musicals (3 in the past; “Little Shop of Horrors” in the works), adapting music to students’ musicianship level, and preparing student musicians to play in their respective pit bands.
  • Assisting more than 50 students per year in their preparation for NYSSMA (New York State School Music Association) evaluation.
  • Coaching musicians for All City Honors Band and Chorus performances.
  • Managing a 400-instrument inventory by overseeing repairs, cleaning, purchasing, and assigning instruments to students.
  • Administering the arts department budget and creating budget forecasts for upcoming school years.
  • Performing the arts department coordinator duties including meeting facilitation, training, evaluating, and supporting the faculty members, and collaborative team planning.
  • Serving as a member of the school’s academic council, technology committee, and assembly planning committee.
Choir Director/Church Organist, 12/2016 to Current
Church Of AnnunciationCity, STATE,
  • Providing accompaniment on organ and piano for regular Sunday worship and special services and seasons throughout the liturgical year.
  • Conducting and accompanying adult choir.
  • Researching, compiling, arranging liturgical music.
  • Coordinating music for worship services.
Choir Accompanist and Assistant, 12/2004 to 12/2005
Vilnius Academy Of ArtCity, STATE,
  • Assisted with the training and development of the choir members.
  • Tutored small groups and individual singers.
  • Accompanied choir during rehearsals and performances.
  • Stood in for conductor to lead rehearsals.
  • Played variety of music with broad stylistic range and improvisatorial flexibility.
Music Teacher, 12/2004 to 12/2005
Vilnius M. Dauksa Secondary SchoolCity, STATE,
  • Provided general music instruction for grades K-12.
  • Taught basic elements of music theory, music history and appreciation through song, body movement and listening.
  • Created and implemented lessons that accommodates multiple intelligences, aligned with curriculum.
  • Designed and implemented curricula to challenge students and encourage excellence.
  • Sibelius/ Finale
  • Microsoft Office, ZOHO, Google Suite, Music First
  • Advanced classical piano
  • Choral and instrumental conducting
  • Instructional-level proficiency on the woodwind, brass, and percussion instruments.
  • Expert knowledge of vocal pedagogy, repertoire, and performance practice. Knowledgeable in band methodology, concert and jazz band repertoire.
  • Conducting proficiency

Experienced Music Director with excellent interpersonal, leadership and planning abilities developed over 14 + years in multiple music settings. Confident with choral and instrumental methods, general music strategies, music theory. Prepared over 500 students for the NYSSMA (New York State School Music Association) evaluation from which 97% received two highest ratings and 15% received a perfect score.

  • Recipient of Angelo Consoli Award for contributions and success in the arts 2018
Education and Training
Master of Arts: Teaching - MUSIC, Expected in 09/2008 to Herbert H. Lehman College, CUNY - The Bronx, NY,
Bachelor of Arts: MUSIC - PIANO - CHORAL CONDUCTING, Expected in 06/2006 to Vilnius Pedagogical University - Vilnius, Lithuania,
Associate of Science: MUSIC - PIANO PERFORMANCE, Expected in 06/2002 to Vilnius Conservatoire - Vilnius, Lithuania,
  • Washington State Teacher’s Certificate in Music (General, Choral, and Instrumental)
  • New York State Teacher’s Certificate in Music (General, Choral, and Instrumental)

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School Attended

  • Herbert H. Lehman College, CUNY
  • Vilnius Pedagogical University
  • Vilnius Conservatoire

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  • Music Teacher • Chorus and Band Director
  • Choir Director/Church Organist
  • Choir Accompanist and Assistant
  • Music Teacher


  • Master of Arts
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Associate of Science

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