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December, 17, 2021
08:30 AM - 09:30 AM


W 187


Robert Johnston

Robert Johnston
Robert Corbino

Robert Corbino

Beyond the edTPA: A “Baker’s Dozen” Worth of Tips for the New Teacher

Clinic Synopsis:

This presentation will introduce real life issues facing today’s Music Educator as they transition from their collegiate training and certification assessments to their own classrooms and communities. These include: Recruiting/retaining students, getting the word out about your program, building bridges with other schools and the outside community, building community-centered classes, building a stockpile of resources, setting goals, and professional development and self-evaluation.

Robert Johnston - Biographical Information

Born, raised, and educated in New York City, Robert L. Johnston is celebrating his 26th year at St. Francis Preparatory School. Mr. Johnston’s orchestras have performed for the Formal Diplomatic Departure Ceremony for Pope Benedict XVI’s 2008 American visit, and more recently, for the Long Island Music Hall of Fame. Under Mr. Johnston’s leadership, Prep’s Chamber Orchestra has earned numerous gold medal ratings from NYSSMA and have toured Europe 5 times. Mr. Johnston is Prep’s Co-Internal Coordinator for their Middle States Association of Colleges and School’s accreditation. It was during his tenure that Prep became the first school ever to earn the Association’s Program of Distinction in Music. Mr. Johnston holds degrees from the Manhattan School of Music, where he earned the Pablo Casals Award for Musical Accomplishment and Human Endeavor. He also holds a master’s degree from Lehman College. In 2008, he earned Prep’s Excellence in Education Award. In 2009, he received a New York State Senate Certificate of Merit in recognition of exceptional service as a teacher. He is a recipient of Prep’s Canticle Citation for his service to Prep, and in 2014, was installed as Honorary Alum. He is a founding Board Member of Orchestrating Dreams, and previously served on the Board of Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Catholic Academy. He serves on the Professional Advisory Board and Program Council Committee for Queens College. Mr. Johnston has presented at the 2018 Biennial NAfME-Collegiate/NYSSMA Conference and was selected to present at the 2020 NCEA Convention and Expo.  

Robert Corbino - Biographical Information

Dr. Robert Corbino has served as the Chairperson of Music at St. Francis Preparatory School since 1980, originally joining its faculty in 1976. He guides a program of 11 ensembles, beginner classes, 2 of levels theory (incl. AP), Electronic Orchestration, Music Technology and Production, and Music History. There are 8 faculty members that teach over 60% of the school. Now teaching second-generation students, he was installed as an Honorary Alum in 2006 and received Prep’s Excellence in Education Award in 2014. He received the Prep’s highest honor, the Franciscan Spirit Award, in 1995. His ensembles have performed for Pope John Paul II, and toured England and Italy. During his tenure, Prep became the first ever school to earn the Middle States Association’s Music Credential, which is aimed at recognizing only those schools with the most sophisticated programs and the highest goals in music education. He has received a NYS Senate Proclamation, a NYC Proclamation, and was a recipient of the Chairman's Honoree Award from the Josephine Foundation. He was recognized as one of “50 Directors Who Make A Difference,” by School Band and Orchestra Magazine. Prep's Music department has earned recognitions from the NAMM Foundation, Music for All's Advocacy in Action, and the Assembly of the State of New York, and has been recognized by the Long Island Music Hall of Fame. He holds a Doctorate in Music Education from New York University, and Bachelors and Masters degrees from The City University of New York.