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GWENDOLYN RYAN

MUSICIAN & TEACHER

BIOGRAPHY

Gwendolyn Ryan currently works as the Band Director and K-8 Music Teacher at Providence Creek Academy, located in Delaware. She also works at the Music School of Delaware and with Maestro Simeone Tartaglione as the Assistant Conductor and Interim Concert Coordinator of the Delaware Youth Symphony Orchestra. She also works as a hired performer and private flute instructor, having taught students of all ages at various skill levels. In addition, she has taught multiple masterclasses for high school students on performance skills. She recently completed her time at the University of Delaware having earned a Bachelor of Music in Instrumental Music Education with Honors. In addition, she earned minors in Applied Voice and History. She also recently completed working as the Intern Coordinator of the Delaware Youth Wind Ensemble and as the Music History Undergraduate Teaching Assistant. With experience in performing flute in the Wind Ensemble and Marching and Pep Bands, percussion in the Collegiate Band and Steel Band, singing in the University Singers, and serving as co-director of the Flute Choir at the University of Delaware, she has had a varied college experience.

Ms. Ryan's currently resides in her hometown of Newark, Delaware. Her most notable teachers include Mrs. Samantha Deluca who originally began her music instruction, Dr. Lauren Reynolds who has served as a mentor in conducting, and flute instruction from Professor Eileen Grycky and Ms. Margaret Murray. She plans to teach band for several years before continuing her education in conducting and performance.

In her free time, Gwendolyn Ryan enjoys reading history and fantasy, playing games such as Dungeons and Dragons, and spending time with her friends and their cat, Forté.

PERSONAL PHILOSOPHY

Ms. Ryan's teaching philosophy includes a discussion of why she believes it is important to teach music, what skill sets she believes an effective teacher should possess, and what she thinks is most important for students to learn in their music programs.

In brief, she believes music is important for its aesthetic value as opposed to for more utilitarian purposes- she believes there is intrinsic value in music outside of students’ grades, and that it teaches skills and cultural appreciation that is irreplaceable by other programs.

In addition, since music is such a personal and emotional experience for many people, an effective teacher should be both clearly passionate and vulnerable with their students to facilitate student success. She maintains high expectations for her students because she believe that leads to higher performance; however, she will go to great lengths to help facilitate growth and meet the individual needs of students. Students should be able to look at their teacher and see a desire to continue learning, despite whatever mistakes the teacher may make. In their music programs, students should be learning a variety of skills, such as musical interpretation, creativity, and performance skills. Students will learn to take risks and gain a lifelong love of music that allows them to continue their music-making after they finish taking classes.

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