Happy New Year! My name is Dave Stringham, and I’m serving as NAfME’s composition mentor this month. I am currently an Assistant Professor in the School of Music at James Madison University, where I lead one of our jazz ensembles, teach courses in music technology and instrumental methods, and supervise student teachers. I’m grateful to have the opportunity to work with future teachers and in-service teachers (and their students) to help them find ways to make composition–and other opportunities for generative creativity–a part of every student’s music education.
Prior to my time at JMU, I taught middle school and high school instrumental music in Western New York. For the past six years, I’ve been involved with the New York State School Music Association’s young composer program, and am currently serving as Southern Division Representative and Chair-Elect of NAfME’s Council for Music Composition.
I look forward to our conversations this month!