ELIZABETH

Email: available upon request

Degree(s): MM Saxophone Performance, The Hartt School, 2006
BM Music Education, University of New Hampshire, 2004

Current Employment/Employer(s): Band Director in New York

Current Project: Currently in dissertation phase of a doctorate in education.

Advice for Current Students: Work hard and be nice. Also, your resume will get you an interview while your interview will get you a job, so if you don't have much of a personality or people skills, consider those things as areas to work on if you are serious about future employment opportunities. A lot of people obsess about their GPA, but you don't have to have a 4.0 to be considered a candidate for a good job. You're better off joining a few clubs on campus and "getting a life" (so to speak) and getting a 3.8 instead of that 4.0. A lot of being a band director involves relating to kids, their parents, and other teachers and administrators. There are a lot of relationships to navigate and one or two false steps can cost you your job especially if you're untenured. So yes, learn to be an excellent musician, but also learn to be professional, relatable, and someone other people want to be around.

Anything else you want to add regarding your current life? I will add that I wouldn't be the teacher I am if I had not been taught by you – Carrie Koffman; I utilize what you taught me on a regular basis and pass down your knowledge to my own students. So thank you for doing what you do and for always striving for excellence.