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40 Under 40 – 2022

 

 

2022 Yamaha “40 Under 40” — Celebrating Excellence in Music Education

Last year, Yamaha launched the “40 Under 40” music education advocacy program to celebrate and recognize outstanding music educators who are making a difference by growing and strengthening their music programs. Now, we celebrate the 2022 group of remarkable educators who triumphed before and during the pandemic to keep their programs thriving.  

These 40 educators — all under the age of 40 — showcase the following characteristics: action (anticipate what needs to be done and proactively take the necessary steps that lead to a stronger music program), courage (propose and implement new or bold ideas), creativity (show innovation and imagination in achieving plans and objectives) and growth (establish, grow or improve music education in their schools and communities). 

We received hundreds of nominations from students, parents, other teachers and administrators, local instrument dealers and mentors. The selected “40 Under 40” educators below have gone above and beyond to elevate music and music-making in their students’ lives — like Terry Nguyen, who shares traditional Japanese and Asian cutural and traditional arts, especially taiko drumming; Jennifer Stadler, who incorporates fun games and technology into her lessons at her private piano studio; Amanda Schoolland, whose music program honors the culture and traditions of the Tsimshian people who live in the small Alaska town of Metlakatla where she teaches; Alexander Wilga, who coordinated a proposal that secured guaranteed funding for music programs across his district; and Kenneth Perkins, who started a faculty and staff choir at his elementary school.

All the “40 Under 40” educators have remarkable stories behind their teaching philosophies and methods, and you’ll be inspired by all of them. 

Join us in appluading the 2022 class of “40 Under 40” educators.

David Amos

David Amos

Director of Bands
Heritage Middle School
Painesville, Ohio

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Justin Antos

Dr. Justin Antos

Director of Bands and Orchestras
Dwight D. Eisenhower High School
Blue Island, Illinois

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Cassandra Bechard

Dr. Cassandra Bechard

Director of Bands, Assistant Professor of Music
University of Northwestern St. Paul
St. Paul, Minnesota

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Stephen Blanco

Stephen Blanco

Director of Mariachi Studies
Las Vegas High School
Las Vegas, Nevada

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Robert Bryant

Dr. Robert Bryant

Music Education Coordinator,
Assistant Professor of Music
Tennessee State University
Nashville, Tennessee

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Adam Calus

Adam Calus

Executive Director
Education Through Music — Massachusetts
Boston, Massachusetts

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Kristopher Chandler

Kristopher Chandler

Director of Bands
Gautier High School
Gautier, Mississippi

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Danielle Collins

Danielle Collins

Director of Music, Media, Entertainment Technology (MMET) Department
Academy for the Performing Arts
Huntington Beach High School
Huntington Beach, California

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Dr. Nathan Dame

Dr. Nathan Dame

Director of Choral Activities,
Fine Arts Department Chair
Wylie East High School
Wylie, Texas

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Brandon Felder

Brandon Felder

Fine Arts Music Director
SHABACH! K-8 Christian Academy
Landover, Maryland
Music Director
Georgetown University Gospel Choir
Washington, D.C.

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Bryson Finney

Bryson Finney

Artistic Director, We Are Nashville Festival
Learning Technology Specialist
Metro Nashville Public Schools
Nashville, Tennessee

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Alain Goindoo

Alain Goindoo

Director of Bands, Jeaga Middle School
West Palm Beach, Florida
Executive Director, Hope Symphony INC

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Jayme Hayes

Jayme Hayes

Director of Bands
Mayberry Cultural and Fine Arts
Magnet Middle School
Wichita, Kansas

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Jonathan Helmick

Dr. Jonathan Helmick

Director of Bands,
Associate Professor of Music,
Slippery Rock University
Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania

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Anastasia Homes

Anastasia Homes

Director of Bands
San Elijo Middle School
San Marcos, California

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Amir Jones

Amir Jones

Director of Bands
Thomas W. Harvey High School
Painseville, Ohio

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Damon Knepper

Damon Knepper

Director of Bands and Orchestras
Ironwood Ridge High School
Oro Valley, Arizona

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Katie O'Hara Labrie

Katie O’Hara LaBrie

Composer, Conductor, Clinician
Fairfax, Virginia

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Wesley Lowe

Wes Lowe

Director of Instrumental Arts
The King’s Academy
West Palm Beach, Florida

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Tracy Meldrum

Tracy Meldrum

Director of Bands, Fine Arts Department Chair
Verrado High School
Buckeye, Arizona

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Tammy Miller

Tammy Miller

Artist Faculty of Piano
Omaha Conservatory of Music
Omaha, Nebraska

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Gabrielle Molina

Gabrielle Molina

Executive Director
Project Music
Stamford, Connecticut

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Justin John Moniz

Dr. Justin John Moniz

Associate Director of Vocal Performance,
Coordinator of Vocal Pedagogy
New York University — The Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development
New York, New York

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Bryant Montalvo

Bryant Montalvo

Music Teacher, Choir Director
Central Falls High School
Central Falls, Rhode Island

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Cody Newman

Cody Newman

Director of Bands
Forney High School
Forney, Texas

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Terry Nguyen

Terry Nguyen

Lecturer
University of California, Riverside
Riverside, California

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Tanner Otto

Tanner Otto

Orchestra Director
Sycamore Community Schools
Cincinnati, Ohio

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Kenneth Perkins

Kenneth Perkins

Music Teacher
Joseph Keels Elementary School
Columbia, South Carolina

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Joel Pohland

Joel Pohland

Band Director (8-12),
Assistant Band Director (5-7)
Pierz Healy High School
Pierz, Minnesota

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Alec Powell

Alec Powell

Director of Choirs
Mountain Ridge Junior High
American Fork, Utah

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Benjamin Rogers

Benjamin Rogers

Director of Choirs
Liberty Middle School
Spanaway, Washington

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Amanda Schoolland

Amanda Schoolland

Music Director, Computer Coding Instructor
Metlakatla High School
Metlakatla, Alaska

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Jennifer Stadler

Jennifer Stadler

Independent Piano Teacher
Jennifer Stadler’s Piano Studio
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

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Mark Stanford

Mark Stanford

Director of Bands, Music Teacher
Springfield High School
Springfield, Pennsylvania

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Brandon Tambellini

Brandon Tambellini

Band Director
Blackhawk High School
Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania

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Heather Taylor

Heather Taylor

Instrumental Music Teacher
Lakeshore Elementary School
Rochester, New York

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Katie VanDoren

Katie VanDoren

Associate Director of Bands
Vandergrift High School
Austin, Texas

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Chris Vitale

Chris Vitale

Director of Bands
Westfield High School
Westfield, New Jersey

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Armond Walter

Armond Walter

Director of Instrumental Music
Meadville Area Middle School
Meadville Area Senior High School
Meadville, Pennsylvania

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Alexander M. Wilga

Alex Wilga

Director of Bands
Davenport Central High School
Davenport, Iowa

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