Jordan Sawyer

Classical Composition, Flute, Music Theory, Ukulele

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Hey! I'm Jordan, a music educator since 2011. I've taught middle and high school band at public schools in Florida and Texas. I've also composed and arranged works for chamber orchestra, marching band, and wind ensemble. I ALSO also have been playing ukulele since 2011 and can teach a thing or two. I have a particular fondness for teaching beginners of any age!

In 2011, while struggling in college, I became the interim band director at Westglades Middle in Parkland, FL. It was messy, insane, difficult, and the hardest work I ever loved. Many of those students I worked with have gone on to to become professional musicians or educators themselves; this was my first teaching job and inspired me to pursue education full time.

I became the Band director of Forest Glen Middle School in 2012 in Coral Springs and during my time there ballooned the program to over 200+ students, achieved consistent superior assessment ratings, sat dozens of students in honor ensembles, and was nominated for a teacher Grammy.

In 2015 I moved to Jacksonville and established a band program at Kernan Middle school where they'd gone without music performance for over decade. In a year and a half we went from 72 students to several hundred! I was also elected to help design the end of course exam for music - sorry, if you're from Jacksonville! That was totally my fault...

In 2016 I had the opportunity to return to South Florida and worked at Walter C. Young Middle School in Pembroke Pines. During my time there we built 3 band classes into 5 and went from ~100 to 200 in a single year and  we achieved consistent superior ratings at music assessments.

I was offered the chance to work in Central Texas at Decker Middle School in 2019 and jumped at the adventure: unfortunately, the pandemic halted our year, but I had the opportunity to work with phenomenal teachers and students!

Florida Teacher Certificate Music K-12
Texas One Year Teacher Certificate
Member Kappa Kappa Psi Honorary Fraternity for College Band Members
Member TBA Texas Bandmasters Association
Member TMEA Texas Music Educators Association

I will provide all necessary literature to begin study on any instrument, all you need to bring is a positive attitude and inquiring mind (good work ethic goes a long way, too!)

** Composition students will need access to MuseScore, Finale, Sibelius or other music composition software

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