The Strolling Strad Strolling Violin

Celebrate with Style


Teaching Certification

    Permanent Certification, Music K-12, Major Instrument: Violin


    B.Ed. (1996) S.U.N.Y. Potsdam, Music Education Major

    M.A. (2002) C.U.N.Y. Queens College, Music Education

Teaching Experience

    Private Violin Instructor, 1995 to 2005

        Tutor beginners through advanced violinists. Incorporate music theory, composition, ear-training, and Suzuki Method. Build strong string technique using classical and modern repertoire, including pieces each student requests.

    Orchestra Teacher, Hauppauge School District, Full Time, September 1996- Present

Direct Elementary orchestra rehearsals for four orchestras (2 beginner, 2 advanced), recruit beginners, teach daily small lesson groups of string students, utilize Sound Innovations method book and CD, encourage composition using Finale NotePad software, foster informal performances during winter holidays, prepare students for participation in SCMEA, LISFA, and NYSSMA, prepare self-imposed bi-annual assessment reports for parents, conduct eight annual concerts, teach General Music classes, and maintain 2 orchestra websites for students and parents (see above).

    Asst. Orchestra Director, USDAN Center for the Creative & Performing Arts, May-August 1995 and 1996

Assisted Orchestra Director Gary Hodges with four daily orchestra rehearsals. Students were ages 8 to 18. Daily duties included tuning all instruments, providing assistance with string techniques, and student discipline. Helped audition students for ensemble seating. Assisted with repertoire selection, preparation, introduction, instruction, and performances. Coordinated performances at Central Park and EAB Plaza.

Performing Experience

    Strolling Violinist with wedding DJ Kevin Barattini of Barattini Productions, 1998 - present

    House Vendor Strolling Violinist for the Smithtown Landing Country Club, 2008 - 2010

    Violinist, singer, and Keyboardist of Irish Band Brennan and the Mor, 1998 - present

    Violinist, singer, and Keyboardist with String Duo "Night & Day", 1997 - present

    Violinist, singer and Keybordist of 50's Cover Band "DwyerWire", 2004 - 2010 

    Strolling Violinist and String Trio Member for The Royal Brass, 2002 - 2009

    Violinist with West Islip Symphony Orchestra, 2002

    Violinist with Dowling Symphony Orchestra, 2001

    Violinist with Our Lady of the Snow and St. Patrick's Church Choirs, 1990 - 2007

    Violinist with BAFFA Orchestra, 1990


Other Work Experience

    New Teacher Mentor, January 2010 and January 2011

    Career Mentor, Candlewood Middle School's Career Cafe, 2009

    Co-Coordinator, SCMEA Middle School Orchestra, 2002

    Summer Music Orchestra Instructor, Hauppauge High School, July 2002