This week Nick Averwater talks with John Mlynczak, Vice President of Music Education and Technology at Hal Leonard.
They'll be talking about how John's years as a middle school music teacher have influenced the work he does today, and how the lessons learned in the last 18 months have created some great opportunities for music educators.
The conversation was recorded November 23, 2021 and is broken up in to two episodes. This is part one.
John Mlynczak has an extensive range of experiences in music education and technology and is a frequent national clinician. John is the Vice President of Music Education & Technology at Hal Leonard, where he oversees Noteflight, Essential Elements Interactive, Essential Elements Music Class, and collaborates on all music education technology related initiatives for Hal Leonard. Previously, he was Managing Director of Noteflight and he is the immidiate Past-President of the Technology Institute of Music Educators (TI:ME).
Mr. Mlynczak teaches online graduate courses at VanderCook College and Boston University, plus serves as Advocacy Chair of the Massachusetts Music Educator's Association, on the NAMM SupportMusic Coalition, and the NAfME Advocacy Leadership Force. He is a Google Level 2 Certified Educator and a frequent clinician on education technology and music advocacy, and provides professional development to schools and districts across the country.
Before his career at Hal Leonard, John served as Director of Education for PreSonus Audio, where he developed curriculum, products, and marketing strategies for music education technology. This work is all available on musiced.presonus.com.
As an educator Mr. Mlynczak taught general music, band, choir, marching band, and music technology. He started the first music technology course in Louisiana and wrote the state curriculum for an official approved course. From 2011- 2013 John served as Chairman of the Creative Arts Assessment Committee in Louisiana and provided model assessment for the creative arts.
As a performer John currently plays first trumpet in the MetWinds in Boston and has enjoyed a long career of performing in symphony orchestras, pit orchestras, and top 40 bands.
John Mlynczak earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Virginia Commonwealth University, and Masters degrees in both Music Performance and Education Leadership from Louisiana State University.
Bio and photo credits: johnmlynczak.net
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