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About Brian Brancato

Brian Brancato
Brian Brancato
Music Teacher, Master
Location: Latham, NY
Speaks: English
Instructs: Baritone, French Horn, Trombone, Trumpet
Education: • B.M. in Music Education at Crane School of Music (SUNY Potsdam) • Performance Certificate in Trumpet • M.M. in Music Education at Crane School of Music (SUNY Potsdam) • New York State Initial K–12 Music Teaching Certification
Performance Experience: concert bands, symphonic bands, wind ensembles, pit orchestras, symphony orchestra, brass quintets, brass ensembles, chamber ensembles, a polka band, jazz ensembles, jazz combos, Latin ensembles, salsa bands (La Muralla and Calle Uno), Prime Time Brass
Teaching Experience: • James Monroe High School (Rochester City School District) • Leadership Academy for Young Men (Rochester City School District)
Teaching Philosphy: As an educator, I believe in meeting students where they are and using their strengths to work on music that they are interested in, while reinforcing fundamental skills and habits. Music is a valuable way to enrich people’s life experiences and their connections with their culture and other people. I strive to cultivate my students’ appreciation for music while elevating their musicianship and ability to express themselves through their instrumental playing.

Get to know Brian Brancato

Hello! My name is Brian Brancato. Music has been a big part of my life since I started playing trumpet in 5th grade. I began playing guitar soon after that, but focused primarily on the trumpet all through middle and high school. After graduating from Fairport High School in 2014, I went on to the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam, where I earned my Bachelors and Masters degrees in Music Education. Throughout my time there, I played in just about every ensemble available to me and gained valuable experience playing in a wide range of genres and settings. I also developed an interest in music production, which has augmented my experiences as a songwriter and a music listener.

My first year of teaching was in the Rochester City School District as an itinerant music teacher between two high schools. I worked with a diverse student community at each school, teaching guitar and piano at James Monroe High School, and teaching instrumental lessons at the Leadership Academy for Young Men. When the in-person school year was truncated by the pandemic, my students and I transitioned into the online environment of Zoom and Google Classroom. We also worked on a composition project using the online digital audio workstation, BandLab, so that students could create their own beats and songs!

I moved to Troy at the end of 2020 and have been excited to start teaching music again! Music is such an incredibly powerful medium for self-expression and for connecting with other people; I look forward to being able to share this with my students here at Music & Arts through our brass instruments lessons together!

Brian Brancato teaches at:
579 Troy Schenectady Rd
Latham, NY 12110
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