Hello! My name is Julia Federico-Youngs, and I am excited to be joining the team at Kennedy Middle School this year! I am the director of the music program at Kennedy Middle School which includes the Band, Jazz Band, Orchestra, and Choir. My goal as a teacher is to create lifelong musicians that are independent musical decision makers! I hope to achieve this by providing fun and educational literature, a clean and exciting environment, and correct pedagogical instruction in which students can set and attain their own musical goals.
Before working at Kennedy Middle School, I lived and worked in Fort Worth, Texas as a middle school band director for three years. While there I was in charge of creating and implementing all of the curriculum for the beginning instrumental students. My bands also received Sweepstakes at our state U.I.L. Concert and Sight-Reading Contests two of the three years I taught there. Prior to that, I taught with the School District of Philadelphia as a middle school music teacher where I was nominated for a Music Educator Grammy Award. I also have experience running several Honors Summer Music Camps at Mansfield University of Pennsylvania where I am an alumnus.
I have my undergraduate degree in Music Education, Clarinet Concentration from Mansfield University of Pennsylvania. After teaching for a year in Philadelphia, I returned to Mansfield University as a Graduate Assistant of Bands to attain a Master of Arts in Instrumental Conducting. While working towards my masters, I also had the opportunity to attend The Juilliard School for conducting classes and workshops.
Although my passion is teaching, I am an avid performer. I am a clarinetist, but have experience marching in a drum and bugle corps, performing in brass bands, orchestras, drum lines, jazz bands, choirs, and many community groups. Currently I play with the Castro Valley Symphony Orchestra and the Pleasanton Community Concert Band because I value the idea of music being something you can pursue and enjoy your entire life. (Which I do.)
Again, I am thrilled to be apart of the team here at Kennedy, and I am excited to see everything these young musicians will accomplish this year!
If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org