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Matthew Goetz

50 Rock Rd. # A3 Hawthorne, NJ 07506

Band Director at Garfield High School


Dynamic music educator with fifteen years of experience developing acclaimed instrumental, band and general
music programs. Passion for teaching and helping young people grow as musicians -- committed to providing a
nurturing environment maximizing the potential of every child. Run positive, focused and energized rehearsals
that motivate students to perform at personal-best levels and foster a lifelong appreciation for music.

Work History
Garfield Board of Education
Sep 2007 - Present

Hanover Township Board of

Band Director
Increased student enrollment in the Instrumental Music Program by more than double in three
Planned and implemented high-quality classroom and instrumental music lessons for students in
grades 9-12 that included traditional teaching methods as well as use of technology in instruction.
Created alternative instrumental ensembles and music elective classes.
Facilitated vertical articulation by inviting Middle School students to perform with the High School
Fostered relationships between parents, administrators, colleagues and community members that
helped to create a positive environment of student achievement through collaboration.

Elementary Music Teacher
Instructed students in grades K-5 General and Instrumental Music.

Sep 2005 - Jun 2007

New Milford Board of
Jan 2003 - Jun 2005

Jersey City Board of Education
Sep 2001 - Jun 2002

Band Director
Instructed students in grades 6-8 General Music and grades 6-12 Instrumental Music.
Collaborated in creating a dynamic Middle School Drama/Musical program that grew 75% in its first
two years.

Instrumental Music Specialist
Instructed students in grades 4-8 Instrumental Music.

Planned and implemented successful projects for funding of classroom materials through grant
awards exceeding $20,000.
Piloted "Rock and Roll: An American Story" curriculum which included curriculum
development, lesson planning and instruction as well as submitting feedback that impacted the final
Led concert bands that have consistently received "Superior" ratings (highest) at competitive
festivals as well as one "Excellent" rating.
Led Marching Band that have received 2 "Bronze" and one "Silver" rating at the NJMEA State
Marching Band Festival.
Led band program awarded with two citations from the City of Garfield citing the level of excellence
and contribution to the community.
Led In-service grant writing workshop for teachers focusing on

Student Teaching Experience
State College Area School
Spring 2001

Student Teacher
Instructed students in grades 6-8 in General Music and Middle School Band in one of the top 100
schools in the United States for music education.

The Pennsylvania State

Bachelor of Science, Music Education
Dean’s List recognition

1995 - 2001