Dr. Robert Corbino: School Band Orchestra's Report "2013's 50 Directors Who Make a Difference"
Friday, December 20, 2013
Posted by: Michael Graziano
Robert Corbino, Ed.D.
St. Francis Preparatory School, Fresh Meadows
Years at Current School: 38
Total Years Teaching: 39
Instrumental Music Students: 506
Proudest moment as an educator: My
proudest moments as an educator are: Having the St. Francis Prep Music
Department become the first ever to be awarded the Music Credential from
the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools; having
the school’s ensembles perform for three Papal visits; having the band
perform for (the American) hostages who were released from Iran (1982);
and having our ensembles perform on tour in England and Italy.
Making a difference in students’ lives: Each
day in my prayers, I ask that I can do some good for my students by
making sure that each and every musical experience they have is a
special one, and that they feel their ensembles are a second family.
Key to a successful career in music ed: The
key to a successful career in music education is that you must enjoy
working with young people. You must have the passion, enthusiasm, and
energy to make sure your students, of any level, are constantly engaged
and that every experience provides them with a closer connection with
our discipline, whether it be building instruments in a music
appreciation class or improvising in a jazz band. We teach students to
have an abiding love of music, and ultimately become active consumers of