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Teaching Skills for Music and for Life

Genevieve Marino began her career at Dana Hall in September 2016 as a member of the School of Music’s teaching faculty. A year later, Marino was promoted to Artistic Coordinator. In this role, she works closely with School of Music Executive Director Michelle Kiehl and Performing Arts Department Head Liz Fenstermaker to support the School of Music’s artistic initiatives. Additionally, Marino continues to teach classical voice, acoustic guitar and beginner piano.

As she settles into her new role as Artistic Coordinator, Marino shares her background and musical insights as she looks ahead to the rest of the 2017-18 academic year.

What is your musical background?

I began singing when I was in seventh grade, auditioning for a school musical. I couldn't hear any of the other students when they got up to sing, so I thought: I'm going to sing loud. From then on, I joined all of the choirs, musicals and performances I could.

As an undergraduate, I studied both vocal performance and music therapy. Specifically, I studied Bel Canto vocal technique and performed classical art songs and arias in Italian, French, German and English. During my music therapy studies, I served populations with special needs using music as a tool for therapy and recovery, helping them reach physical, mental and emotional goals.

I earned my Masters in Music Education at Teachers College at Columbia University. The program there specializes in making music education accessible, meaningful and culturally significant by teaching music through the lens of social justice. I then began my teaching career in New York City, teaching at a K-7 school for learners with special needs in Midtown Manhattan. There I taught general music, choir, hand bells, recorder, guitar, ukulele, xylophone and music technology.

What do you want students to learn from their experience at the School of Music?

I hope my students learn that they love music. I hope they gain some musical understanding and skills, but most of all I hope that they learn that they have a love of music in their lives. Music brings people together. Whether it is listening to music with your family, making music with your friends, going to see your favorite musician in concert. We have music at all our most meaningful moments in life. Often music and lyrics convey things more clearly and powerfully than anything we ever could with words alone.

What is the best advice you can give a young musician?

My advice to all young musicians is: keep trying. Know that it may take you a hundred repetitions to finally get something. And know that that is a worthwhile endeavor. In fact, anything worthwhile in life will be challenging and take hundreds maybe thousands of attempts. Understand and enjoy the process. Perseverance is a skill that will benefit you not only as a musician but also as a person in this world.

What is your favorite music?

My favorite music to listen to is Indie and Alternative Rock. My favorite music to sing and play on guitar is classical and folk.

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