Email: Karacook19@gmail.com

Degree(s): BM Music Education, The Hartt School, 2014
Current Employment/Employer(s): Regional School District 6 (James Morris School, Goshen Center School, Warren Elementary School), Band /Jazz Band Instructor - Grades 4-6; Middlesex Music Academy, Private Saxophone/Clarinet Instructor - all ages

Former Employment/Employer(s): CT Future Musicians - Band/General Music Teacher (St. Mary St. Michael, Assumption school, St. Francis St. Hedwig, Band - grades 4-8, General Music - grades K-4; Regional School District 17 (Haddam-Killingworth Middle School), General Music Teacher - 6th and 7th grade

Current and/or Former Creative Projects: Dan Lis Master's Thesis - "Fraternity With All Those Good and Beautiful Things", Tenor Saxophone, Saxophone Quartet; Pit Orchestra for Musicals, "Grease" - Wamogo Regional High School; "The Sound of Music" - St. Joseph's High School; Reggae Band called Elm City Sound

Advice for Current Students: Work as hard as you can in school because that is the time when you have the support from your teachers and advisors. Once you leave, you're on your own for the most part, unless you specifically ask for help. You want to get as much out of every aspect of your education as you can, because it will fly by! Once you do get out into the world, though, don't be afraid to ask for help - there is always someone there.

Anything else you want to add regarding your current life? Working two part-time jobs was not a bad start, but if I could have done it again, I would have applied to more jobs earlier on, even just to get interview experience. If a full-time job did not seem possible, I would have tried to get two part-time jobs closer to each other. But, I was happy with the experiences I got last year. It's a wonderful feeling to condense down to three schools, all in one district, even though I still have an hour long commute this year. It is good to be playing more this year than I did last year, also. In addition to the current musicals, I have another one coming up in August. It is important for me to stay musically involved in order to be a better teacher, and to keep my sanity. I have played music since I was in 4th grade, and when I was not playing as much, there was a big part of my life missing. I am still having TMJ issues, but am currently trying to work through them. Keeping in touch with friends from college is also an important part of life after college, especially since my family is still on Long Island. It's important to make time for social activities when you have some free time. Too much work and not enough social interaction can drive you crazy. Overall, I am very satisfied with my life right now. My goal for the next couple of years is to find a job where I can be in one building, and not so far from where I live. But for now, I am happy.