Brian Wagner-Yeung

31-23 47th St, APT 3A

Astoria, NY, 11103 

(646) 617-3450

brianwagneryeung@gmail.com

 

 

Objective

My goal is to use music to build new connections to all students, while also connecting to prior knowledge and personal experiences. I believe that music is an interdisciplinary area that can connect and build strong foundations in ELA, Math, Social Studies, Science, and the other Arts. Additionally, my classroom is an environment where all learners have the opportunity to find success through differentiated learning experiences, and where student voices help create a nurturing and safe environment. 

 

 

Education 

Queens College (Aaron Copland School of Music)         

          Graduation date: May 28th, 2009         

          Bachelor of Arts in Music Education 

 

Queens College (Aaron Copland School of Music)         

          Graduation date: February 2nd, 2013         

          Masters of Science in Music Education 

 

Brooklyn College

          Graduation date: July 7th, 2020       

          Advanced Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders 

 

Student Teaching Experience (Spring, 2009) 

Marie Curie Middle School 158Q (Ms. J. Schecter, Cooperating Teacher) 

 

Bayside High School (Mr. C. Wang, Cooperating Teacher) 

 

 

Teaching Experience (Fall, 2009 – present) 

Jim Thorpe School PS 370K (Ms. S. Miller, Principal) 

          Previously shared between two schools in campus        

          ABLE 1, PS 370K (Ms. S. Miller, Principal) 2009 - present

               District 75 school for students with autism, and other intellectual disabilities

          Brooklyn School of Inquiry, PS 686K (Ms. D. Taylor, Principal) 2009 - 2017

               Citywide school for the Gifted and Talented

 

Designed and implemented elementary/middle school General Music curriculum

         Incorporated NYC Blueprint for the Arts in Music benchmarks

         Made connections to NYS Learning Standards for the Arts, and CCLS

         Adapted and differentiated content to reach different levels of learners
         Adapted and differentiated content for special learners, and gifted and talented populations

 

Designed and implemented elementary/middle school Orchestra curriculum

         Adapted content and instruments to reach different levels of learners

         Adapted and differentiated content from Essential Elements curriculum

         Performed at school concerts, and informal settings

         Performed at the 2016 Brooklyn Borough Arts Festival

         Performed at the 2018 Samuel Stern Awards

         Performed at the 2020 Chancellor's Town Hall for Special Education

 

Designed and implemented middle school Performing Arts curriculum

         Incorporated NYC Blueprint for the Arts in Theatre benchmarks

         Provided opportunities for students to create, perform, discuss, analyze, and evaluate performances

         Performed in informal settings

 

Designed and incorporated Musical Theatre program in Gifted and Talented program

         Arranged and designed the audition process

         Co-directed performances with other Arts teachers

         Performed for school-wide and after-school audiences

 

Provided and taught enrichment classes, ensembles, and opportunities

         Taught piano enrichment class

         Taught middle school Glee Club

         Taught and conducted Recorder ensembles

         Conducted vocal ensembles at the yearly Spring Arts Festival

         Co-planned and organized Moving Up Ceremonies

         Planned and organized school Talent Shows

         Planned and organized music field trips for students

         Planned and organized workshops and special events for students

 

Participated in school-wide teams and meetings, and collaborated with other teachers

         Member of school-wide Behavior and Culture Team

         Participated and Arts Team meetings

         Attended and participated at student IEP meetings

         Collaborated with classroom and arts teachers for special events and activities

         Co-planned and co-taught lessons for special events and activities

         Planned project-based units with other teachers

         Planned and organized music field trips for students

 

Participated, and incorporated material from Professional Development opportunities

         Attended Arts and Special Education related professional development

         Attended Citywide Music professional development

         Attended State and National music education conferences

 

Additional responsibilities

         Incorporating technology into the classroom

         Had several projects fully-funded on DonorsChoose

         Experience working with electronic equipment in sound-booth

         Hosted student teachers from CUNY Brooklyn College and CUNY Queens College

 

Finalist for NYC Big Apple Awards (2019)

 


Studio Teaching 
Joy Music School (Little Neck, NY) 
         November 2008 – September 2012 
         Taught private cello lessons and prepared students for NYSSMA 


Professional Affiliations 
NAfME (Active Member) 
          Queens College Collegiate Chapter President 2004-2005  

 

NYSSMA (Active Member) 

          Special Learners Chair (March 2020 - present)
 

MEANYC (Active Member)

          Former Membership and Workshop Executive Board Member, District 75 Representative, Editor of Presto! 

          (2015-2019)

 

Children with Exceptionalities: SRIG for NAfME (Active Member) 

 

Council for Exceptional Children (Active Member)

         Attended Special Education Legislative Summit


Professional Contributions/Workshops 
Participated in Research Panel of Music Education in Urban Settings at 2012 NYSSMA Winter Conference 

 

Participated in Research Panel on General Music Teaching in Urban Settings at 2013 NYSSMA Winter Conference 
 

“Inclusive Music Teaching: Exceeding the Standards” 
         
“Teaching Lessons to Children with Special Needs” 
         
“Making Connections: Using Music to Make Artistic, Interdisciplinary and Life-Long Connections for Special Learners” 
   

“Inclusive Music Teaching: Literacy, Composition, and Improvisation in the K-5 Classroom” 
         
“Engaging All Learners: Tools & Techniques to Reach Different Types of Learners in the Music Classroom” 
       

"Making Connections for Special Learners: Using Repertoire to Teach Active Listening, Literacy, and Lifelong Learning Across the Disciples"

        

"Making Connections: Using Repertoire to Enhance the Social-Emotional Needs of all Students"

   

“Making Connections: Using Music to Make Artistic, Interdisciplinary and Life-Long Connections for Special Learners” 

         

"Making Musical Connections: String Orchestra for Special Learners"

 

"Behavioral Strategies: Approaches and Techniques for Special Learners in Musical Environments"

"Neurodiversity in the Music Classroom: Using Strengths of Special Learners & All Students in Blended Learning Environments"

"Blended Musical Learning: Best Practices for Including Students with Disabilities in Remote Learning"

 

Publications

Wagner, B. (2015). Engaging All Learners: Tools and Techniques to Reach Different Types of Learners in the Music                       Classroom. School Music News. Westbury, NY: New York State School Music Association.

 

Wagner, B. (2016). Making Connections for Special Learners: Using Repertoire to Enhance Lifelong Learning. School Music News. Westbury, NY: New York State School Music Association.

 

Wagner, B. (2016). Using Repertoire to Enhance Lifelong Learning. Music in a Minuet. Reston, VA: National Association for Music Education.

 

Wagner, B. (2017). Using a Differentiated Rhythmic and Melodic Notation System for Special Learners in All Musical Settings. Tempo. Lakewood, NJ: New Jersey Music Educators Association.

 

Wagner, B. (2017). Enhancing the Social-Emotional  Needs of Students with Special Needs through Music Making and Repertoire. International Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences. Los Angeles, CA.

 

Wagner, B. (2017). Engaging All Types of Learners in the Music Classroom. Music in a Minuet. Reston, VA: National Association for Music Education.

 

Wagner-Yeung, B. (2018). Teaching Lessons to Children with Special Needs. Music in a Minuet. Reston, VA: National Association for Music Education.

 

Wagner-Yeung, B. (2018). Behavioral Supports for Students with Special Needs in Musical Environments. Music in a Minuet. Reston, VA: National Association for Music Education.

 

Wagner-Yeung, B. (2019). Related Service Providers in the Music Classroom. DARTS Newsletter. Arlington, VA: Council for Exceptional Children.

 

Wagner-Yeung, B. (2020). Distance Learning for Special Learners in the Music Classroom. Music in a Minuet. Reston, VA: National Association for Music Education.

Wagner-Yeung, B. (2020). Let’s Make Music! Engaging Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders in the K-8 General Music Classroom. Coralville, IA: Music ConstructED.

Wagner-Yeung, B. (2021). Neurodiversity in the Music Classroom: Using the Strengths of All Students During In-Person and Remote Learning. School Music News. Westbury, NY: New York State School Music Association.

Performance Experience 
New York Symphonic Arts Ensemble (2009 - 2016) 
          Principal cellist (2009 – 2016) 

          Board member (2014 – 2016)
 

Forest Hills Symphony Orchestra (2009 - present) 
 

Queens College Orchestra (2001 - 2008) 
 

Brooklyn Repertory Opera (2008) 


References 

Dr. Elise Sobol 

Associate Professor of Music Education at NYU

es86@nyu.edu

 

Dr. Susan A. Davis

Coordinator of Music Education at Queens College

sdavis129@mac.com

 

Mr. Jeffrey Franck

Assistant Principal at PS 370K

jfranck2@schools.nyc.gov 

 

Ms. Alexandra Ponzetto

Instructional Coach at PS 370K

aponzetto@schools.nyc.gov

 

Ms. Melissa Carlin

Co-Teacher at PS 370K

melissa.jeanne.carlin@gmail.com