Hi! My name is Andrea Reece. I am a vocal music teacher at Jarvis Middle School. I teach grades 7-8 chorus and music theatre.
How long have you been teaching or working in the district?
Five months! 🙂 This is my first year with the Central Valley School District.
What do you like best about what you do?
The best thing about being a middle school chorus teacher, or being a music teacher of really any level for that matter, is seeing/hearing the growth that occurs in such a short period of time. There is something so satisfying about hearing students master a challenging piece of music or hearing them sight-sing independently for the first time, knowing that even just a week prior they could not do that. And, of course, I get to sing and make music all day with students – what a beautiful way to spend my day!
What former jobs have you held?
Before CV, I taught in the Oneonta City School District for 3 years, working with both middle schoolers for a short time but primarily I was an elementary vocal/general music teacher. When I was in high school, I worked at Subway in Utica as a sandwich artist (yes, that is our preferred title!). As a college student, I worked at the college library at the reference and circulation desks and as an assistant to my voice teacher. I also worked as a fitness center attendant during my summers off at Hamilton College.
Where were you educated?
I graduated from Frankfort-Schuyler High School in 2009. I went to Nazareth College in Rochester, NY to get my B.M. in music education, graduating in 2013. Most recently, I received my Ed.M. in music education this past May (2016) from the University at Buffalo; I completed the program entirely online while teaching full-time!
Where have you lived?
I grew up in Frankfort and then spent my college years mostly in Rochester. After graduating I got my first job in Oneonta and lived there for the past three years. Now I’m back to the area, living in New Hartford!
If you could do anything on a weekend, what would you do?
My perfect weekend would be rather boring – sleeping in until 8AM, getting in a good workout, and watching TV on the couch!
What book and/or author are you currently reading?
I am currently reading:
Secret Lives of Great Composers: What Your Teachers Never Told You about the World’s Musical Masters by Elizabeth Lunday and Sing 6-7-8! 50 Ways to Improve Your Elementary or Middle School Chorus by Roger Emerson
If we were to listen to your iPod or sound system, what would be playing?
I listen to a wide variety of genres. My first love is musical theatre, so you’ll find all kinds of Broadway tunes. I thoroughly enjoy listening to classical music as well. My favorite classical singer is Barbara Bonney, and I especially like listening to her sing German art songs (lieder) by Schubert and Schumann. I also love Straight No Chaser and Piano Guys. But…I do enjoy some pop music on the radio.
What is your favorite television show/movie/actor?
How I Met Your Mother, Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon, Friends, and more recently, This Is Us.
If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
I’ve been to Austria (Salzburg/Vienna), where I saw where Mozart lived and worked…and even sneakily touched his piano. I’ve also been to London, which I loved even more. So, I would definitely revisit both if I could: Austria for the rich music history that is there, and London because it was simply fabulous and who doesn’t like British accents?!
What one thing would you share that people might not know about you?
I don’t have any truly interesting things to share, so I’ll share two small things – I’ve been a vegetarian for 6 years and I really enjoy baking!