Daniel Jackson is the Director of Choral Music at Stone Bridge High School. Before being appointed to Stone Bridge, Mr. Jackson was the Director of Music at Deerfield Academy. In only one year at Deerfield, Mr. Jackson was an agent of immediate change to the Choral/Vocal Music Department. Not only did he resurrect the areaâ€™s Community Chorus (the Deerfield Choral Society), he cultivated the schoolâ€™s new advanced ensemble, increased student enrollment and participation by 300%, and championed music curriculum reform to foster comprehensive music development amongst all skill levels. He also helped to prepare vocal students for College auditions. Last year, one senior was accepted into Berklee School of Music (which was his third vocal student to be accepted in his career.). Before arriving at Deerfield, Mr. Jackson taught for 13 years as the Director of Vocal Music Activities at Olympia High School in Orlando, Florida. Under his direction, the Chorus Department has performed around the country; earning first place finishes in numerous choral festivals. The program nurtured the development of many students who have been accepted to some of the nationâ€™s most elite institutions for music. Between the years of 2007 to 2012, the Olympia choral department had multiple ensembles selected to perform at State ACDA, Music Educators Conferences and the NAACP National Conference. To date: over 30 students during my tenure have gone on to professional music careers or receive scholarships to major in music or the Performing Arts (This number includes an American Idol quarterfinalist, and a quarterfinalist on The Voice.). Mr. Jackson served as Director of the Chancel Choir of the Presbyterian Church of the Lakes for several years, producing numerous performances of large classical and contemporary works for Chorus and Orchestra. He also served as the Associate Artistic Director of the Garden Community Chorus, under the direction of Dr. Jeffery Redding. During his tenure he formed the Garden Chamber Singers-a select group of singers within the Community Ensemble. During his final three years, He assisted Dr. Redding in the preparation for their performance at Carnegie Hall, and served as the Interim Artistic Director in the fall of 2014. Mr. Jackson has served as a clinician for Middle and High School Honor Choirs, as well as a festival adjudicator, throughout the state of Florida. He has done brief workshops on ensemble technique, vocal pedagogy in the ensemble rehearsal, and cultivating safe environment in the classroom. He has been invited to work with ensembles at the secondary school and church levels throughout the Southeast United States, Massachusetts, the Florida State University and West Virginia University. He has also been on Leadership Committees for the Orange County Public Schools Choral Directors; serving as a County Representative, curriculum writer and New Teacher Mentor. Mr. Jackson received his Bachelorâ€™s and Masterâ€™s Degree in Music Education from the Florida State University, under the guidance of Dr. AndrÃ© Thomas, Dr. Judy Bowers and Dr. Kevin Fenton. He is an active member of NAFME and ACDA. Career Achievements â€¢ 1998, Performed a solo for Christian Coalition Conference in Orlando, FL. â€¢ One of four guest conductors invited to participate in Dr Phillipsâ€™ World Arts Festival Concert series of 2002 â€¢ Clinician for the Orange County High School Honor Chamber Choir in 2003 and 2005 â€¢ Arranged the music and the quintet performance for a scene in the movie Sydney White in 2006. â€¢ Arranging contemporary a capella music. â€¢ Clinician for the Pasco County Middle School Honor Choir in 2007. â€¢ Clinician for the Orange County 6th Grade Honor Choir in 2009. â€¢ Served as a part of the Orange County Public Schools Curriculum Writing Team for Choral Music in 2007 and 2009. â€¢ In March of 2012, I performed a tutorial for the Florida State University Singers on Vocal warm-ups and breathing exercises during a choral rehearsal. â€¢ Performed a Choral workshop at West Virginia University in for their University Choir October 2013.
Stone Bridge High School 43100 Hay Rd, Ashburn, VA 20147
I do not offer in-home lessons.
I do not offer online lessons.
I earned my Bachelor's and Master's Degree from the Florida State University in Choral Music Education. During that time, I studied privately with some of the nation's foremost vocal pedagogues.
I believe that the voice is the personal and profound instrument. Learning how to use it in an effective takes much care and sensitivity, physically and psychologically. Therefore, I utilize training methods that build physical representations of internal processes in vocal production. This allows vocal production to "seem more tangible", while building physical cues so that the musician build More awareness and control of the physical process. Once the processes have become consistent and effortless, we will apply those techniques to multiple styles of music. This allows the musician to utilize healthy singing habits for any style, rather than making unhealthy habits a part of their technique.
I am also a strong believer in teaching music literacy, basic theory and ear training. The stronger a singers musical skills are, the easier it is for them to learn music. This will save them more time to delve deeper into performance skills and understanding of the music.
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