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Cynthia Reynolds - Resume

Why I decided to teach....

A performing artist all my life, my experiences in opera, operetta, music theater, and concert, as well as a relatively recent foray into nature journaling and botanical illustration, have defined who I am, at least when I wasn't at my "day job".  Then, after almost 20 years as a computer software developer, I realized that I wanted to make my "day job" one that would allow me to embrace the performer and artist, as well as give back to the world.  I had always been told that I was a natural teacher, and I believed strongly in education as a vehicle for social change, so I decided to put my talents to use and become a teacher.  As a "renaissance woman", I believed that I had the most to offer for elementary aged-children, so I enrolled in Jump Start  - Manhattanville College's accelerated masters degree program, and subsequently found myself as a full-fledged teacher in a NYC public elementary school in the South Bronx, where first I taught science, and then first grade.

During my time teaching, I discovered that while my talents in the arts helped me to engage my students, it was while I was specifically teaching music that I felt totally at home as an educator.  So I pursued additional classroom licenses in both music and theater (K-12) which were granted by the state.  I also have Level 1 Certification in the Kodly method of music education from NYU's Kodly Summer Institute and completed Orff Level 1 this summer.  I continue to practice my craft as a performer and private voice teacher, as well as continue my studies in violin, mandolin, and both soprano and alto recorders.

The 2009-2010 year was the turnaround year for me as a teacher.  I started by working for a wonderful non-profit, Education Through Music, Inc., which placed me as the Elementary General Music Teacher in a public elementary school in East Harlem for the fall.  During the winter, I enjoyed a maternity leave position for the Lower School Elementary Music Teacher at the Rye Country Day School.  And as spring was hinting a return, I became the Elementary Chorus/General Music teacher at the Bronxville School, teaching Kindergarten through Gr. 5 students.  I am so lucky to be able to spend my work hours singing and dancing and sharing the joy of making music with children.

Classroom Teaching Photo Gallery
(Note, out of respect for students' privacy, photos containing faces have been altered.)


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Winter Concert, photo courtesy of Education Through Music, Inc.

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