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Dr. Robert Corbino: School Band Orchestra's Report "2013's 50 Directors Who Make a Difference"

Friday, December 20, 2013   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Michael Graziano
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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 the arts.