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December, 19, 2022
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM




David Amos

David Amos

LGBTQ+ Issues in the Classroom

Clinic Synopsis:

This lecture, presented by a queer-identified middle school band director, will be focusing on the importance of fostering safe spaces for LGBT+ students. We will discuss gender identities and orientations, how to use affirming language with students, and how choosing repertoire by BIPOC and queer-identified composers can help students to feel represented in their music program in order to give straight and cisgender educators the tools be outspoken, active allies to their queer students.

David Amos - Biographical Information

David Amos serves as Director of Bands at Heritage Middle School and Assistant Director for The Harvey Red Raider Marching Band. He teaches band in grades six, seven, and eight and serves as the co-advisor of the local chapter of the National Junior Honor Society. In 2016, Amos started a grade seven and eight general music class called careers in music in which students learn about various non-performing career pathways in the music industry with an emphasis on sound production. Students in this nine-week course learn to create songs using an online software so that they can learn how their favorite songs are made. Amos holds a Bachelors of Music from Youngstown State University’s Dana School of Music and a Masters of Education in Teaching English Learners from the American College of Education. In 2017, he won the Cleveland Cavaliers’ December Head of Class awarded to outstanding Cleveland-area educators. In 2022, Amos was named to the Yamaha Music 40 Under 40 Music Educators. Before he began teaching in Painesville in 2015, Mr. Amos served as Director of Bands and Choirs at David Anderson Jr./Sr. High School in Lisbon, Ohio from 2010-2015. Mr. Amos also serves Malachi House as a co-chair the Associate Board. Malachi House, located on the west-side of Cleveland, is a nonprofit organization that provides housing for impoverished people with terminal diagnoses on Hospice care. In his spare time, he participates and volunteers for Stonewall Sports Cleveland, an LGBT+ rec sports league. Mr. Amos' professional memberships include, the OMEA, NAfME, and LCMEA.