Tim grew up in Merrick, NY and majored in Jazz Performance at Long Island High School for the Arts. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Music Education at Berklee College of Music in Boston where he studied under Esperanza Spalding (Grammy for Best New Artist, 2011) and Dave Buda (Boston Pops; Patti Labelle). During his time in college, Tim also studied West African Drum and Dance in Ghana. Tim went on to earn his Master’s in Music Education from Lehman College. He has been living the dream, teaching music in New York since 2008.
For seven years, Tim taught elementary school at PS 325 in Hamilton Heights. There he built a music program from the ground up, which included band, chorus, and general music classes. He developed a comprehensive K-5 curriculum that focused on composition, music literacy, ear-training, and music history through instruction on keyboard, guitar, conga drum, recorder, and choral technique. He is so excited for the opportunity to develop it further to best support PS 527.
Tim enjoys thinking creatively to provide all students with experiences that are relevant and engaging. Tim’s ensembles incorporate concert band repertoire, jazz improvisation, contemporary and world music, as well as student compositions and arrangements. Through the Amp Up NYC Partnership, he has facilitated Professional Developments for music teachers across the city on contemporary music ensembles. Tim utilizes technology in the classroom to help students realize their musical ideas and foster experimentation and creativity. He has worked for three years on a national grant supporting inquiry-based research on formative assessment in the arts. He believes peer feedback is an invaluable part of children’s learning and strives to give students the skills they need to communicate and collaborate as musicians.
When he’s not teaching, Tim is actively performing and studying music. He has primarily been an electric bass player since he was twelve-years-old, but plays the upright bass, guitar, and piano as secondary instruments. He continues to hone his craft, performing and recording for numerous singer-songwriters, event bands, and his own creative endeavors.
Tim is thrilled to be a part of the amazing community of family, students and staff that is PS 527. Throughout the last three years he was inspired by its collective commitment to supporting an inclusive, positive environment for all to succeed. Tim loves working with a diverse range of students and talents. He looks forward to continuing to design and grow a music program that is an integral part of the school culture at PS 527.