As an instrumental music teacher at Allendale Columbia School, Gabe leads ensembles for students in grades 4 through 12 and teaches courses in music composition, technology, and theory. He held the David M. Pynchon Chair in the Visual and Performing Arts from 2008 – 2013 and is a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. He earned bachelor’s degrees in Music Education and Music Composition from SUNY College at Fredonia and a master’s degree in Music Composition from Bowling Green State University.
Why did you decide to go into this line of work?
I love sharing my passions, whether they be in music, gardening, or other areas with our students.
What’s your favorite part about working at Allendale Columbia?
AC challenges its teachers to be active learners and to think outside of the boundaries of conventional educational thought. I have been given the independence to develop programs that go beyond the typical school ensemble paradigm and provide students with genuine experiences in music. From creating recordings with students as the performers, engineers, and producers to partnering with local artists and alumni in providing music for traditional school events, there have been many explorative opportunities at AC that I never would have imagined as a music ed student contemplating a career as a teacher.
What or who is your biggest influence?
There is no single person or thing. All of the most valuable experiences I have had and amazing people I have known are always right there, in the back of my head or in the pit of my stomach, guiding me through everything I do.
What’s your favorite quote?
“Practice makes permanent.”