Jessica Claire
, , 100 Montgomery St. 10th Floor
Home: (555) 432-1000 - Cell: - - -

Experienced Professor of Music (retired) versed in all areas of instrumental music and all activities and teaching skills that serve my area of expertise. Possessing strengths in music education, conducting, marching band organization and production, beginning instrumental education, combining visual & performing arts, project & event organization, "last minute" assignments, music theory, music history, as well as music performance expertise as a trumpet player, percussion expert, guitarist, bass guitarist, popular music drummer, popular music vocal performance, popular music band leader/equipment manager. Seeking to utilize experience and knowledge to build long-term career in education. Pursuit of the above skills as a retired music educator bringing 39 years of educational and musical performance achievements in elementary school setting. Increased choral (Dos Palos High School & popular music ensembles), band participation by at least 75% (over my career) percent during past 39 years.. Excellent leadership skills and adaptability to younger music students' specific needs. Energetic Elementary Music Teacher with 4 years of experience, and continued study of primary education settings. Guided an estimated 150 elementary school choral groups and bands during previous 39 years. Strong motivation to share music appreciation, vocal and entry-level instrumental techniques with all types of students. Seasoned music teacher with 39 years of experience in instruction and performance and 55 years' experience as a professional musician. Accomplished in creating curriculum to prepare students for music examinations. Demonstrated leverage expertise to advance organizational goals and guide students towards excellence in musical performance. Innovative Art Instructor with extensive knowledge of "classic" and modern art, and integrating technology into classrooms while maintaining consistent developments in technology. Adept at managing up to 400 students between ages 8 to 80 while cultivating productive atmosphere. Successful at monitoring growth through creative assessments and creating detailed lesson plans. Motivated professional offering of high school diplomas and Associate of Art degrees in music. Adds value to any organization in need of great collaboration, interpersonal, and multitasking abilities. Meets tight deadlines every time. Results-focused musical professional with strength in instrumental music, program leadership, and related areas of study and production. Proactive leader with strengths in communication and collaboration. Proficient in leveraging music, technological expertise, and organizational knowledge to promote "cross-curriculum" learning. Adept at managing concurrent objectives to promote efficiency and influence positive outcomes. Flexible hard worker ready to learn and contribute to team success. Music education, with talent for music performance, and organizational skill. Strong knowledge of music education, performance, organization, and technological advancement. Communicative and team-oriented with proficiency in Microsoft Word, Apple Pages, Keynote, and Numbers, Amadeus music editing software, MuseScore music writing software, graphic arts, popular music (guitar, bass guitar, drums), music engineering, music composition, music arranging, and the ability to efficiently move from one are to another. Proven history of fostering participation to meet team, individual and management objectives. Dedicated employee known for punctuality, pursuing employment options where good customer service and positive attitude will make a difference. Hardworking and reliable musician with strong ability in office skills, individual music education, technological advancement and all tasks related to performing, organizing, and executing associated activities. Highly organized, proactive and punctual with team-oriented mentality. Outgoing student pursuing flexible part-time employment with weekend and evening shift options. Motivated music student seeking internship in music engineering and production, as well as academic studies focused on post-graduate music history studies. to gain hands-on experience. Outgoing and friendly with strong drive to succeed. Organized and motivated employee eager to apply time management and organizational skills in various environments. Seeking entry-level opportunities to expand skills while facilitating company growth.

  • Performance direction
  • Curriculum Development and Lesson Planning
  • Lesson planning
  • Reporting
  • Staff Development and Mentorship
  • Sight reading
  • Equipment maintenance
  • Special events
  • Live Orchestral Performance
  • Music theory
  • Group and individual instruction
  • Program Administration
  • Pedagogy and Music Theory
  • Public and private education knowledge
  • Fine arts proficiency
  • Graphic Design ("medium" master)
07/2001 to 05/2021
Professor of Music Contra Costa Community College District City, STATE,
  • Formulated and implemented effective lesson plans focusing on principles of music, musicianship, music theory and history.
  • Maintained students' progress by evaluating and adjusting strategies.
  • Mentored individual students by taking creative approach.
  • Helped students appreciate arts with instructional and immersive techniques.
  • Organized special events, school concerts, music competitions and music examinations.
  • Gathered needed materials such as music and props for daily class instruction as well as performances.
  • Designed and implemented curricula to challenge students and encourage excellence.
  • Utilized creative approaches to solve performance issues.
  • Monitored students' progress by analyzing performance metrics.
  • Fostered relationships with staff, students and parents to drive departmental and school objectives and philosophies.
  • Provided leadership and instruction to grade 13 to 14 students studying music and playing various instruments.
  • Taught students history, techniques and principles of Music.
  • Provided leadership and management to music department to achieve superior benchmarks in teaching and curriculum design, instruction, music performance and composition.
  • Liaised with teachers and staff to ensure continuity of practice and development of music lessons.
  • Specialized in music history, theory, individual instrumental, and performance method of musical instruction.
  • Completed student records and school-related documentation.
  • Composed and arranged music for department and approved music selections chosen by teachers.
  • Broadened approach and improved teaching by completing training courses.
  • Developed and promoted school's academic and creative reputation to align with overall strategic vision.
08/1995 to 06/2001
Director of Music & Department Chair Turlock Unified School District City, STATE,
  • Instructed students basic vocal techniques, projection skills and breathing strategies.
  • Assisted performers in preparing for auditions and special performances.
  • Helped singers prepare for recording sessions, concerts and choral performances.
  • Provided private instruction to amateur and professional performers.
  • Offered personalized instruction tailored to individual and group needs.
  • Maintained students' progress by evaluating and adjusting strategies.
  • Mentored individual students by taking creative approach.
  • Helped students appreciate arts with instructional and immersive techniques.
  • Noted successes and struggles and gave helpful feedback to students, families and producers.
  • Gathered needed materials such as music and props for daily class instruction as well as performances.
  • Utilized creative approaches to solve performance issues.
  • Taught students history, techniques and principles of concert performance, relating music studies to visual and performing arts, individual and small ensemble instruction, participation in local, area, and state honor ensembles, bonding established classical music with band and vocal music, collaboration with middle school program, and engaging in multicultural instruction through collaboration with Dos Palos High School District (Merced County) and Fresno County schools.
  • Completed student records and school-related documentation.
  • Broadened approach and improved teaching by completing training courses.
  • Taught art history and theory and delivered practical instruction on painting and drawing.
  • Led groups of youth in discovery exercises and offered personalized support to individuals in need of extra assistance.
  • Served as advisor for extracurricular activities such as art clubs and camps.
  • Communicated abstract concepts to all students including those with severe learning disabilities, and behavioral challenges.
  • Stocked classroom with art supplies.
  • Frequently changed varied and "professionally motivating" art in classrooms and around Dos Palos and Fresno County Schools periodically.
  • Generated funding through positive administration interacton, parent/student collaboration fund-raising activities, generating parental/student funds though independent means, and holding annual events that involved local population.
09/1997 to 05/1998
Guest Artist CSU, Stanislaus City, STATE,
  • Addressed client concerns and worked together to achieve mutually beneficial outcomes.
  • Organized portfolios with artistic work to demonstrate abilities and styles to potential customers.
  • Created series of rough sketches for review, revision and approval.
  • Managed inventory and maintained supply of equipment and materials.
  • Collaborated with creative design team to complete projects on tight deadlines.
  • Coordinated artistic projects, exhibit scheduling and artist interface duties.
  • Mentored artists on quality standards and improvements.
  • Utilized personal protective equipment and proper ventilation systems to promote safe artwork creation.
  • Drove business growth and community visibility through implementation of targeted marketing and sales strategies.
  • Managed strategic business planning and day-to-day operations to optimize organization's financial position.
  • Worked alongside entire development team in energetic and creative environment.
  • Adapted to established art style of studio for consistency and quality purposes.
  • Clearly communicated updates and concerns to appropriate team members and managers.
  • Organized files for data merging and script use.
  • Operated performance ensembles, small ensemble instruction, and musical compositions to create musical performances and educational environments.
01/1990 to 05/1990
Guest Lecturer, Music History Merced College City, STATE,
  • Developed training handouts, study materials and quizzes.
  • Instructed small student groups on individual aspects of subject matter.
  • Implemented 1990-era technologies to improve student skills in music history.
  • Facilitated discussion among students to promote critical thinking skills.
  • Initiated thought-provoking classroom discussions to help students develop critical thinking abilities.
  • Met with students one-on-one to discuss topics of interest and answer questions.
  • Taught undergraduate courses using both traditional and 1990-era technology including class presenations.
  • Evaluated teaching and learning goals by testing students in coursework.
  • Developed detailed curriculum to convey diverse ideas on music history.
  • Worked with students to explain expectations, develop writing ideas and synthesize information.
  • Facilitated 24 lectures over a four month period to groups of students.
  • Graded assignments, tracked grades and discussed results with students.
  • Utilized diverse teaching methods, lectures, presentations and class activities to deliver curriculum.
  • Delivered course lectures using modern technology to enhance student comprehension.
  • Created instructional and lecture plans for classes in compliance with course objectives.
  • Organized activities and class events to drive learning objectives and promote engagement.
  • Tutored students requiring further assistance with learning concepts and course material.
  • Created presentations to deliver lectures in classrooms and online learning environments.
  • Selected innovative teaching methods to deliver course content.
  • Developed lectures to accommodate for different learning styles, maximizing students' comprehension.
  • Engaged with students outside of lecture halls and classrooms through discussions and small group sessions.
  • Promoted excitement among students in classroom through delivery of interesting topics.
  • Prepared and delivered lectures to students on topics such as music of previous music history eras, as well as current music compositions.
  • Used 1990-era technology (slide shows accompanied by music examples) to develop visual, feature-rich presentations to engage students.
  • Educated and engaged students by utilizing instructional technologies.
  • Lectured to classes of up to 50 students regarding history.
  • Developed engaging content for face-to-face and online undergraduate presentations.
  • Improved knowledge of music through continuous learning, research and participation in workshops and conferences.
  • Delivered excellent feedback on student work to improve communication and music history skills.
  • Delivered tailored lectures on music history to educate and inform students.
  • Guided discussions on music history and encouraged attendees to share opinions.
  • Assisted upper level students with understanding and writing about complex ideas such as relating "historically relevant" music to contemporary music.
  • Gathered information on music history to distribute to students as supplementary course materials.
Education and Training
Expected in 06/1995
Master of Instrumental Conducting: Instrumental Conducting & University Marching Band
University of Colorado - Boulder, CO,
Expected in 06/1993
CA Clear Teaching Credential: Educaton
California State University, Stanislaus - Turlock, CA,
Expected in 06/1991
CA Preliminary Credential: Education
California State University, Stanislaus - Turlock, CA,
Expected in 05/1989
Bachelor of Arts: Music
California State University, Stanislaus - Turlock, CA,
Expected in 06/1985
Associate of Arts: Music
Merced College - Merced, CA,
Expected in
: Music Conducting Instructor/Teaching Asst.
California State University, Stanislaus - Turlock, CA,

Selected Accomplishments

-Textbook editing

-Organizing fraternities

-Professional trumpet player since 1977

-Trumpet & Percussion soloist

-Orchestral conductor

-Jazz Vocalist

-Successful rock band leader

-Self-taught music engineer

-Self-taught marching band drill writer

-Self-taught composer using MuseScore software

-Creating custom arrangements for all musical ensembles

Activities and Honors

Selected Activities & Honors

Selected Awards and Honors

-CBDNA West/Northwest Bi-Annual Conference Reading Clinic Conductor

-CBDNA/ University of Colorado Conducting Symposium Conductor

-Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music Conducting Symposium Conductor

-University of Colorado, Graduate Assistantship

-ASDBA State Distinguished Band Director

-ASBDA Southwest Region Distinguished Band Director

CMEA State Conference Performance,

-Guest Conductor, Modesto Junior College Band

-Guest Conductor, Stanislaus Symphony

-Guest Conductor, Modesto Youth Symphony

-Who’s Who Among American Teachers

-Hall of Fame, Atwater High School Music Department

-J. Burton Vashé Academic Scholarship

-Outstanding Composition Award, CSU, Stanislaus

-Trumpet Soloist, Merced Symphony Orchestra

-Percussion Soloist, Merced Symphony Orchestra

-Trumpet Soloist, CSU, Stanislaus Wind Ensemble

-Outstanding Music Student, CSU, Stanislaus

-Honor Band Conductor-Fremont Schools

-Honor Band Conductor-Modesto City Schools

-Honor Band Conducor-Atwater Elementary School District

Selected Professional Afficiations

Selected Professional Affiliations

-College Band Director's National Association

-National Conference Production Team, Boulder, CO

-CBDNA Regional Conference “New Literature” Conductor

-American School Band Director's Association (ASBDA)

-ASBDA Out-of-Print Music Committee

-Music Educators National Conference Member

-President, Collegiate MENC

-California Music Educator’s Association (CMEA)

-CMEA Festival Host

-CMEA Adjudicator

-CMEA Bay Section Board (2000)

-World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE)

-California Band Director’s Association (CBDNA)

CBDNA Honor Band Audition Team

-Contra Costa School District Honor Band Adjudication Team

-International Trumpet Guild

-Kappa Kappa Psi Band Fraternity (KKY) Life Member

-Diablo Valley College KKY Band Fraternity Sponsor

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  • University of Colorado
  • California State University, Stanislaus
  • California State University, Stanislaus
  • California State University, Stanislaus
  • Merced College
  • California State University, Stanislaus

Job Titles Held:

  • Professor of Music
  • Director of Music & Department Chair
  • Guest Artist
  • Guest Lecturer, Music History


  • Master of Instrumental Conducting
  • CA Clear Teaching Credential
  • CA Preliminary Credential
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Associate of Arts
  • Some College (No Degree)

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