My name is Carolee Finney, and I am currently the orchestra teacher at Peekskill Middle School in Peekskill, New York. I received my B.S. in Music Education and Senior Music Education Award from Adelphi University in May, 2016 and my initial teaching certificate for K-12 Music Education in New York in November, 2018. I previously taught general music, chorus, and orchestra in the Bedford Central School District, NY. I am currently enrolled in the graduate music education program and am completing my Kodály and Conversational Solfege certifications at the Hartt School of Music in West Hartford, CT.
I am primarily a violist, though I also have experience teaching all string instruments, as well as familiarity with woodwind, brass, and voice. I rehearse and perform regularly in White Plains, NY with the New Westchester Symphony Orchestra, and also currently teach strings at two private music studios in Fairfield County, CT. I am a member of NAfME, OAKE, ASTA, and FAME. I have frequently attended the annual NYSSMA Winter Conference in Rochester, NY, both as a past representative of my university and a private music teacher, because I am passionate about connecting with other teachers and broadening my knowledge in the field of music education. I have a strong Kodály background from Adelphi University, and received my certification in "First Steps in Music" at a graduate course taught by John Fierabend at Gordon College, MA. I am dedicated to continuous professional development and am passionate about teaching elementary general music as well as orchestral studies. I have strong connections to my community, and love to find new ways of connecting with colleagues and families to strengthen our music programs. Having been inspired by John Fierabend's strong belief in teaching with a "thirty year plan" and Shinichi Suzuki's commitment to teaching all students regardless of background or skill level, my goal is to enrich the lives of my students through experiences studying and performing high quality, beautiful literature.
“In making music “one’s own,” it clarifies notions of self and other and opens up opportunities to surmount or accept the boundaries between human beings. Such a broad view of music enables teachers and their students to come to understand the many similar and different ways in which people around the world express themselves musically…”
- Jorgensen, E. (2000). Becoming a multiple intelligence school.