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Who's Who: Anthony Berman

Name: Anthony Berman

Position & school(s):
Orchestra Teacher R.J.K. Middle School

How long have you been teaching? How long at Monticello?
I have been teaching in public schools for three years. This is my second year in the Monticello school district.

Where did you go to college? What degrees do you hold?
Schenectady County Community College A.A.S. Music Performance
SUNY Oneonta B.A. Music
College of Saint Rose C.A.S. Music Education K-12 & M.S. Music Education

Any awards/accomplishments? Any claims to fame?
While at SUNY Oneonta I recieved a performance scholarship that paid for most of my tuition, and while at Saint Rose I performed with faculty ensembles, subbed classes and lessons, and had a Graduate Assistantship with the jazz band. Now, I perform regularly in New York City, Albany, and Boston. I am also in the process of composing my first symphony.

What’s your favorite part of your job?
Working with students who love and are enthusiastic about music.

Why did you become a music teacher?
Music is my favorite thing in the world (other than my daughter!)and has always been what's gotten me through tough times in life. With out music I'm not sure what my life would be like. I love my life and waking up for what doesn't feel like work every day. I want to share my passion for music with young minds, and show them how music can uplift them through adversity.

In your opinion, why do you think music education is important?
"Music education opens doors that help children pass from school into the world around them a world of work, culture, intellectual activity, and human involvement. The future of our nation depends on providing our children with a complete education that includes music." -Gerald Ford

What CD is in your CD player right now?
Stravinsky's Rite of Spring

What are your hobbies?
Spending time with my family, reading and learning about science and philosophy, and trying to stay active.

What advice would you offer to an aspiring musician?
Study with as many great musicians that you can, learn all you can, but remember to keep an open mind and create your own opinions. Be creative, and practice practice practice!