Music Education

Michael Sweeney has been heavily involved in all aspects of music education over his career in the music industry.  Originally a public school band director, he’s been a full-time employee of Hal Leonard Corporation since 1982, serving as director of band publications, composer, arranger, clinician...
Botso Korisheli was born in Georgia, Russia, and came to America to become a composer and music teacher.  After teaching music in elementary school, Botso established the County Youth Symphony for San Luis Obispo County, California in 1964, which over the years has showcased many of his musical...
Lutz Wentscher spoke of the long history of Tonger Music House, one of the most traditional publishers in Germany.  As CEO, Lutz has helped guide the company in recent years, yet looks back fondly on the many achievements of the Tonger Company since it was first established in Cologne in 1822. ...
Lynda Garcia is first and foremost a music teacher, which was not only her background but her life’s passion.  As she taught, Lynda developed methods and materials that assisted individuals as well as groups learn and develop as musicians.  Teaming with other educators, notably Brenda Dillon, she...
Lou Witt grew up on a small farm in Iowa and one day asked his band director in school for an instrument.  He was given a trombone and has played the instrument ever since.  He enjoyed playing music and soon developed an interest in working within the music industry. Lou worked for Schmitt Music in...
John Waltrip began being involved in music as a small child and in fact, became the main pianist for his church as a teenager.  He played in the school bands and studied music in college.  He taught music after college before being drafted.  Even in the army, John sang in the choir group, which...
Leo Coco is a senior policy advisor at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP in the firm’s Washington DC office and for many years has worked with NAMM’s government relations team to advocate for access to quality music education programs.  He has played a vital role in representing music...
Tess Taylor is the president of the National Association of Record Industry Professionals (NARIP), which is one of the largest music business networks in the world.  Tess formed the association in 1998 to bring the industry together and to serve educational and professional needs around the world...
John O’Reilly is the composer and editor whose musical career spanned educational and textbook materials to movie scores and classical works.  He was published by Shawnee Press and G. Schirmer before working with Alfred Publishing full time.  He became Editor-in-Chief and had a hand in many of the...
Jim Foster had worked for a few piano stores before opening his own store, with his wife Marilyn, in Bettendorf, Iowa.  Foster Family Music focuses on piano and sheet music for pianos and has come to be known throughout the area as a center for musical events, recitals and a strong supporter of...

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