MUSIC EDUCATOR

My goal as a music educator is to foster community, empower students, and spread joy through the creation and sharing of music. By bringing culturally relevant material and a SEL-focused pedagogy to the classroom, I hope to create safe, professional, and exciting environments that support future generations of humans and musicians.

My teaching specializations are:

  • Choral Music

  • General Music

  • Musical Theatre

  • A Cappella & Vocal Jazz

  • Modern Band (Guitar, Bass, Drums, Keyboards)

  • Music Technology/Production

  • Composition

Contact me at solomon4607@gmail.com for teaching samples and any further inquiries.

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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

 
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HAWTHORNE SCHOLASTIC ACADEMY – Chicago, IL

K-8 Music Teacher, General/Vocal

Whole academic year, full-time. Taught daily hour-long music class to all grades (>600 students) over five-week rotations, seeing each class for approximately ten to fifteen weeks total. Provided remote, in-person, and hybrid instruction. Created and led remote clubs focused on musical theatre, choral performance, songwriting, beginning and advanced guitar, ukulele, and music production/technology. Created and taught engaging and culturally relevant lessons to all levels on a variety of topics including: musical and rhythmic literacy; musical contrast and form; songwriting through the blues; electronic music production; podcast research and production; aural skills/ear training; classical music appreciation; instruments of the jazz and classical orchestras; musical criticism; singing and healthy vocal production; and the history of jazz, hip hop, rock & roll, and pop music in America. Provided SEL support for students throughout the pandemic year. Collaborated with classroom teachers and fellow Essentials/Specials team members. Forged deep personal connections with students. 

NEW TRIER HIGH SCHOOL – Winnetka, IL

Student Teacher

9 weeks, full-time. Led warmups, facilitated CMP lesson plans, and conducted for Boy's Choir and Girl's Choir. Directed Men's Choir, led sectional rehearsals, and conducted an original arrangement for TTBB/Guitar. Designed and taught an aural skills-focused unit on Compound Meter for AP Theory. Assisted instruction and provided one-on-one instruction for Guitar Class. Coached young performers throughout auditions and callbacks for The Wedding Singer. Coached students for a performance of Craig Hella Johnson's Considering Matthew Shepard with Conspirare at the Ravinia Festival. Helped students record audition materials for ACDA. Led warmups, full ensemble rehearsals, and sectional rehearsals for Concert Choir. Assisted in voice placement for all listed ensembles. Completed edTPA.

LAKE BLUFF MIDDLE SCHOOL – Lake Bluff, IL

Student Teacher

9 weeks, full-time. Accompanied Winter choir concert and conducted sixth and seventh graders. Led warmups, full ensemble rehearsals, and sectional rehearsals for all choirs. Taught Guitar Class. Devised and taught special units on body percussion and pop a cappella to develop students' kinesthetic musicianship and part-independence. Taught sixth grade general music (full-time, full-takeover) focusing on: singing, healthy vocal production, rhythm-reading, note-reading, kinesthetic music techniques, basic functional harmony, and beginning ukulele. Coached students one-on-one and provided voice lessons for singers with changing voices. Created a ukulele songbook/workbook. Recorded rehearsal tracks and practice tracks. Orchestrated accompaniment tracks. Catalogued the choral music library and organized the costume shops. Managed sound and lights for the Fall band concert. Chaperoned and managed logistics for Holiday Tour. Decorated the stage for the winter concert. Created music classroom posters.

NILES WEST HIGH SCHOOL – Skokie, IL

High School Choral Practicum

8 weeks, part-time. Led warm-ups and rehearsed pops concert repertoire with intermediate treble ensemble.

MAPLE SCHOOL – Northbrook, IL

Middle School Choral Practicum

7 weeks, part-time. Led warm-ups and rehearsed repertoire with school choir.

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LINCOLNWOOD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL – Evanston, IL

Elementary General Music Practicum

8 weeks, part-time. Led Kindergarten music class with subject focus on Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Winter holidays. Taught special lessons on close listening (Leroy Anderson's Sleigh Ride) and improvisation.

PARK SCHOOL – Evanston, IL

Special Education Music Practicum

8 weeks, part-time. Assisted music teacher and classroom aides in a class for 18 to 22-year-old students with special needs. Provided voice lessons and helped a student prepare for a graduation performance.

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DAWES ELEMENTARY SCHOOL – Evanston, IL

Beginning Band Practicum

4 weeks, part-time. Led sectional rehearsals for beginning trumpet players. Focused on playing position/posture, healthy production of good tone, articulation, music-reading, and developing listening skills.

WALKER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL – Evanston, IL

Beginning Strings Practicum

4 weeks, part-time. Led sectional rehearsals for beginning violin and viola players. Focused on playing position/posture, tone production, concert etiquette, music reading, and developing listening skills.

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STAPLES HIGH SCHOOL – Westport, CT

Choir Teaching Assistant, Theatre Teaching Assistant

10 months, part-time. Assisted instructors of Sophomore Chorus and Theatre 2. Acted as administrative assistant to choir director for all curricular and extracurricular ensembles, aided in the management logistics for advanced ensembles. Accompanied pieces for Spring concert and Fall choral concert. Conducted one piece on annual Candlelight Concert. Assisted students with special needs in ensemble rehearsals. Catalogued the choral library.

 

Provided feedback and coaching to students working on monologues. Participated in the quarter-long immersive improvisation unit. Modeled and coached throughout stage combat unit.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

 

SINGLE STORY, INC.

SEED 101 (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity)

Actively participated in a whole year of a multifaced diversity training program with 2.5 hour long monthly seminars. Collaborated with facilitators and educators to create, develop and implement strategies that foster respect for all people while exploring current theories on topics such as race, gender, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, privilege, systems of oppression, etc.

LITTLE KIDS ROCK

Modern Band Workshop 101

Actively participated in the full-day workshop for teachers on-track to establishing modern band programs at their own schools. Received training and materials to teach guitar, electric bass, drum kit, keyboard, and songwriting. Engaged with a culturally relevant curriculum focused on embracing and teaching music as a language.

RELEVANT COURSEWORK

 

Philosophy of Music Education

Advanced Choral Conducting

Choral Methods I-II

Instrumental Methods I

General Methods I

World Music Pedagogy

Teaching Composition

Teaching Music to Exceptional Learners

Teaching Jazz (Seminar)

Developmental Psychology

String Techniques

Double Reed Techniques

Low Brass Techniques

Classroom Instruments

Aural Skills I-VI

Music Theory I-VI

Keyboard Skills II-IX

Western Music Cultures I-III

Phonetics and Diction (Italian, German, French)

Music Technology

Recording Techniques

Music Directors' Seminar

Jazz Composition and Arranging I-III

Arranging Pop A Cappella

Theatrical Orchestration

Musical Design