Employment(9/85-present) – nealspitzer.com, Performer, Educator, Sound Technician
As a performer, I have had the privilege of playing with Jimmy Cobb, Milt Hinton, Ran Blake, Arnie Lawrence, Ricky Ford, Lew Soloff, and countless others. My groups continue to tour internationally, with our last tour of Europe including dates in England, France, Italy, Spain, and Germany. As a clinician, I have run children’s education programs through The Central New York Society for New Music, The Central New York Jazz Orchestra, The NYC Board of Education, and Columbia’s Teacher’s College. I am on staff at The Academy at The Tarrytown Music Hall teaching Sound Engineering and Design. My studio continues to rehearse and record all of my projects using state of the art technology, producing full length recordings, video, and animation. This includes most of the horn tracks I've done for The Big Ska Band, Kokolo, Gridline, Bim Skala Bim, and many others. My newest endeavor is the OKME, The Other Kids Music Ensemble. This group consists of young musicians, many of which have special needs and shunned from their school's music program, learning to be independent, creative, and successful musicians.
(9/02-present) – Elementary Band Instructor
Washington Irving Int. School (Public Schools of Tarrytown, NY)
As a tenured faculty member at WI, I direct two concert bands, wind ensemble, and stage band. The program includes 180 students. I teach two General Music Classes for Students with Special Needs. I run all A/V equipment as well as sound and lighting design for our school’s joint venture with The Academy at The Tarrytown Music Hall.
(9/00-9/02) – Elementary Music Teacher
PS 16 (Bronx, NY)
Instructional duties for K-6th grade: Taught drama, movement, music history, theory and performance. Directed thirty-piece Concert Band.
(9/97-6/02) – Music Education Consultant
LEAP (Manhattan, NY)
Learning through the Extended Arts Program (LEAP) is a direct result of NYC’s Project Arts Fund. Through residencies in over 20 Elementary NYC Public Schools, I trained over 150 Classroom teachers how to integrate music and drama into their existing curriculum.
(9/95-6/97) – Elementary Music Teacher
Woodstock Children’s Center (Woodstock, NY)
Instructional duties for PK-8th grade: Taught all general music classes in addition to directing the after-school enrichment program for art and music.
(1/94-6/94) – Assistant Montessori Preschool Teacher
WCC (Woodstock, NY)
Prior to becoming WCC’s full-time music teacher, I worked as an assistant teacher in their Montessori Preschool.
Summer employment has included Rocking Robin Hood, Conducting Les Mis for Y Summer Theater, Sleepy Hollow’s Summer Arts Camp, 3rd grade classroom teacher at PS103 (Bronx, NY), Assistant Musical Director at Pocantico Hills Summer Camp, Musical Director at Camp Sequoia (Rockhill, NY), and Musical Director at Camp WCC (Woodstock, NY)
Education2001-2005 – Teacher’s College, Columbia University – Master’s in Music Ed
1992-1994 – The New School for Social Research – Jazz Performance/Theory
1986-1990 – Brandeis University – Bachelor of Arts