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Hey everyone! My name is Rebecca Lindsey Schinasi; I am the store manager of the Lindenhurst location of Music & Arts! My history with the Lindenhurst store goes all the way back to the beginning of the 2nd grade when I began percussion lessons with Robert Leto. My love for Music & Arts has only continued to grow since then!
Developing my Love for Music: Throughout my adolescence, I was determined to become proficient in the music field. I began performing country music at different cafes around the Lindenhurst area at the young age of only 12. Playing guitar, piano, percussion, and singing at such an early age introduced me into the world of lyricism and songwriting. I performed in multiple theatre productions as a part of the Long Island Performing Arts Center (LIPAC). My love for symphonic band music and classical percussion had room to grow with the help of Lindenhurst Public School music education department. My middle school teacher Mrs. Rosequist, my 6th grade band director, was the first inspiration I had in my life to want to make a difference in the lives of children.
Further Inspirations: By the time I was in high school, I was performing country music (guitar, vocal, and piano) at multiple venues on Long Island and Manhattan. My love for musical theatre led me to participate in pit orchestra ensembles as a percussionist and perform on stage as a part of vocal ensembles. I grew closely to my high school’s symphonic and concert band. With the help of my high school band director, Kevin Pike, I built a strong foundation for conducting along with playing other band instruments such as the baritone and clarinet. I began performing in various ensembles in high school such as: symphony orchestra, string orchestra, jazz band, percussion ensemble, pit orchestra, song birds (vocal ensemble), chamber orchestra, concert choir, and marching band.
During my senior year of high school, I was the Percussion Captain of our award winning marching band. I was first chair player in my ensembles and auditioned for multiple conservatories and bands. I was accepted into my top school, Aaron Copland School of Music, as a performance major with a duel major in Music Education as well as the United States Army Band as a percussionist. My career, however, took the largest of turns.
Just after accepting my offer to attend Aaron Copland, I realized how I was not going to be able to help people in the way I wanted to by performing on stage. I decided to pursue part of my career in psychology and the other in music.
Transition: Before officially graduating high school, I was asked to come back and teach the percussion section of our Lindenhurst Marching Band that competes within USSBA (US Bands). While on the staff, our students won many New York State and New England captions such as “New York States Best Drumline”. After two seasons as a percussion technician with the band that I learned everything from, I accepted a position working with another competitive group; The Copiague Marching Band that competes within Field Band Competition. I have traveled all around Long Island, New York State, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania with the marching bands and I look forward to advancing my career in teaching.
Currently: I have been working now the last year at writing techniques in hope of writing percussion scores for local marching bands. I attend John Jay College of Criminal Justice and will be receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Forensic Psychology with a minor in International Law and Music. I will be applying for Graduate programs in the fall in hope of working within the field of clinical psychology. I am still performing country and folk music around Long Island and at a multitude of venues in Manhattan.
Being your Local Music Store Manager: I strive, as the store manager, to create a lesson program that opens the door into the beautiful world of performance and music education for hundreds of students. I strive to create multiple performance opportunities for students of nearby school districts and a fun, safe environment for students of all ages. I have studied the product knowledge of all different types of instruments and work to help match the perfect instrument to the musician.
For any questions, I am available at the store at your earliest convenience!
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