John J. Gallagher, Ed.D.
Long Island, New York
Dynamic, versatile arts education leader with a collaborative leadership style, an entrepreneurial spirit, and a sense of humor. Relationship builder with the ability to engage internal and external stakeholders. Background in public relations, marketing and journalism provides foundation to strongly advocate for students and families from diverse cultural, and socio-economic backgrounds. Compelling national-level speaker with knowledge and skills in all facets of arts education, curriculum and assessment, student leadership, event planning and implementation, human resources, technology, financial management and facilities operations; and public, government and media relations.
Built relationships within and outside of our school community to promote the quality, sequential arts education offered to our students by leveraging strong personal connections in professional associations and with government officials on the local, state and national levels.
Lead administrator who ensured the safe continuation of an award-winning fine & performing arts program during the COVID-19 era.
Ed.D. Educational Administration - Dowling College – Oakdale, NY (2007)
P.D. School District Administrator – SUNY Stony Brook – Stony Brook, NY (2003)
M.S. Music Education – Long Island University – Brookville, NY (1999)
B.S. Communication Arts – St. John’s University – Jamaica, NY (1992)
NON-DEGREE EDUCATION & TRAINING
Security Awareness Training Knowb4 by Kevin Mitnik, Virtual Learning (2021)
Restorative Practices International Institute for Restorative Practices (2020)
Cognitive Coaching Thinking Collaborative, LLC. (2019-20)
The New NYS Learning Standards in the Arts (Trainer) – (NY State Education Department & NYS School Music Association. 2017)
Advanced Issues for Student Activity Funds (J. Merrins. February, 2015)
All State Brass Adjudicator (NYS School Music Association. April, 2014)
Brass Adjudicator (NYS School Music Association. March, 2004)
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE IN SCHOOL DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION
LONGWOOD CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT, Middle Island, New York (January, 2006 – Present)
Director of Music & Fine Arts
Member of superintendent’s senior leadership team responsible for supervision and management of a K-12 fine & performing arts program that serves a mixed socio-economic school community of 9,200 students in seven buildings. Increased responsibility included supervision of secondary-level family & consumer science and driver education programs, and liaising with internal auditors on finances of student clubs.
District received the New York State School Music Association's Award of Excellence for its outstanding music program [that is] seen as a model for music education programs in New York State in providing students with a well-rounded music program at all levels.
Proudly implemented Long Island's first school-based Harp curriculum.
Approved by NYS Department of Education to pilot the Individual Arts Assessment Pathway (IAAP) to graduation in Visual Arts.
ROCKY POINT UNION FREE SCHOOL DISTRICT, Rocky Point, New York (September, 2004 – January, 2006)
Music Teacher/Department Chairperson; District Coordinator for Public and Community Relations
Similar duties and accomplishments as listed above in a smaller educational environment.
HICKSVILLE UNION FREE SCHOOL DISTRICT, Hicksville, New York (May, 2003 – June, 2004)
Administrator for Community Services
Writer, editor and distributor of all public relations and information materials. Maintained community support for nine schools, shared and released information with all concerned. Acted as media contact for emergencies/closings/budget results.
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE IN K-12 TEACHING
Music Teacher/Band Director
2000 - 2003 - Deer Park School District, Deer Park, NY (2002 USSBA Marching Band Champions)
1999 - 2000 - Sachem School District, Holbrook, NY
1997 - 1999 - Archbishop Stepinac High School, White Plains, NY
1996 - 1997 - Long Beach Catholic Elementary School, Long Beach, NY
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE IN COLLEGIATE EDUCATION
Adjunct Professor - University at Stony Brook. CEQ 555 – Supervision of Instruction
Adjunct Professor – Dowling College. EDU 8722 Supervision of Instruction
Adjunct Professor – Dowling College. EDU 8701 Educational Administration
Adjunct Professor – Dowling College. Introduction to School District Public Relations (Proposed Course)
PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION MEMBERSHIP
Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)
Council of Administrators and Supervisors (CAS), Long Island, NY
Empire State Supervisors and Administrators Association (ESSAA), Syracuse, NY
Middle Island Administrators Association (MIAA)
National Art Education Association (NAEA), Alexandria, VA
National Association for Music Education (NAfME), Reston, VA
New York State Art Teachers Association (NYSATA)
New York State Council of Administrators of Music Education (NYSCAME)
New York State Council of Administrators of Music Education / Suffolk County Chapter (NYSCAME/Suffolk)
New York State Council of Educational Associations (NYSCEA)
New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA), Westbury, NY
Suffolk County Art Leaders Association (SCALA)
Suffolk County Music Educators Association (SCMEA)
PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION SERVICE
CONN-SELMER DIVISION OF EDUCATION, Elkhart, IN
Serve as part of a team of educational leaders to support school music programs across the United States.
GIVE A NOTE FOUNDATION, Indianapolis, IN
Ambassador/Advisory Council Member
Invited to bring expertise, credibility and network to support Foundation's mission of equitable access to music education for all students. Respond to board and/or staff when advice and/or assistance is needed.
LONG ISLAND ARTS ALLIANCE, Long Island, New York
Long Island Scholar Artist Program - Creator and Education Committee Chairperson
Since January, 2007, collaborate with the Long Island Arts Alliance and Newsday to produce a monthly venue promoting the artistic and academic successes of Long Island’s twelfth grade students. Liaise with students, parents, school officials, media representatives. PBS documentary found here.
LONG ISLAND ARTS EDUCATION COALITION
Invited by New York State Regent Roger Tilles to join a one of a growing number of local and state-wide coalitions of advocates to ensure an equitable and accessible arts education to students.
MIDDLE ISLAND ADMINISTRATORS ASSOCIATION
Unit Secretary (2019-Present)
Unit Delegate (2012-2017)
MR. HOLLAND'S OPUS FOUNDATION
Holland's Heroes (2021 - Present)
Invited to join a national collaborative group of experienced, passionate leaders in arts education to bridge the country and empower students through arts education.
MUSIC FOR ALL, Indianapolis, IN
Faculty Member - Summer Symposium
Present session on Public Relations, Advocacy & Leadership to five hundred (500) students from across the country.
Founding Member, Advocacy in Action Committee & Scholarship Application Adjudicator (2018-Present)
Adjudicate applications from school music programs across the country for recognition of advocacy efforts.
Winners presented at Grand National Championship, November, 2019
NEW YORK STATE ALLIANCE FOR ARTS EDUCATION (NYSAAE)
Executive Board Member; Communications Chairperson 2008 - 2010
NEW YORK STATE COUNCIL OF ADMINISTRATORS OF MUSIC EDUCATION (NYSCAME)
President (2022 - Present)
Represent approximately 250 members across New York State who have leadership responsibilities of school music programs.
Spearheaded Federal 501(c)3 and NYS Charity statuses
Confirm and Coordinate Session Presenters for NYSSMA Conferences in Summer (Albany) and Winter (Rochester)
President-Elect (2020 – 2022)
Vice President (2018 – 2020)
NEW YORK STATE COUNCIL OF ADMINISTRATORS OF MUSIC EDUCATION / Suffolk County Chapter (NYSCAME/Suffolk)
Vice President (2018-2019)
Director of Professional Development (2015 – 2017)
NEW YORK STATE COUNCIL OF EDUCATION ASSOCIATIONS (NYSCEA)
Member-Delegate as President and President-Elect of NYSCAME 2019-Present
While representing administrators from New York school music and arts programs, delegates collaborate with members from thirty-eight (38) other organizations advocating for education across the State.
NEW YORK STATE SCHOOL MUSIC ASSOCIATION (NYSSMA), Westbury, New York
State Chairperson for Public Relations and Information (January, 2002 – Present)
Maintain Press Room to gather and share information as primary state-wide contact for all media inquiries.
Committee Memberships - Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Government Relations
SUFFOLK COUNTY MUSIC EDUCATORS ASSOCIATION (SCMEA)
Social Media Coordinator (Twitter) @SCMEA_NYS
Advocacy Committee Co-Chairperson (2022 - Present)
Elementary School Music Program Recognition Award Committee (2018-Present)
Government Relations Co-Chairperson (2018 - 2021)
Commercial Membership Chairperson (2014 - 2018)
Public Relations Chairperson (2000 - 2002)
WESTHAMPTON BEACH PERFORMING ARTS CENTER, Westhampton Beach, NY
Member – Arts Education Advisory Board (2014-2018)
SCHOOL DISTRICT SERVICE AWARDS
Administrator Service Award – Suffolk County Organization for Promotion of Education (SCOPE). (March, 2018)
Honorary Life Membership - Longwood Council of PTAs. (2014)
Honorary Life Membership - Tri-M Music Honor Society, Longwood High School Chapter. (May, 2007)
SCHOOL DISTRICT COMMITTEE ACTIVITY
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Walk (2019 - Present)
Individual Arts Assessment Pathway to Graduation (IAAP) Lead Administrator (2022-2025)
Re-Opening Task Force (2020)
Legislative Committee (2006 – Present)
School-Business Partnership – Charter Member (2010 – Present)
Professional Development Committee – Charter Member (2015 – Present)
Leading Longwood Central School District's Fine and Performing Arts Program during COVID-19 (July, 2020)
Irving Berlin's Yip! Yip! Yaphank (2018) – Produced during Centennial of original work. Research completed at Library of Congress and with local historians.
NYSSMA's Advocacy and Media Relations Handbook (Edited from doctoral research).
The Attitudes of Music Administrators and Music Educators in Their Role as Advocates for K-12 Music Programs in Selected Regions of New York State. (Ed.D. Dissertation - 2007)
Advocacy in Action Honorable Mention (Pandemic Perseverance) - Music for All (2023).
Award of Excellence - New York State School Music Association (2022).
Best Communities for Music Education (2008 - Present), North American Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation.
U.S. Congressional Art Show (District 1) 2022, 2019, 2016 and 2014.
Advocacy in Action Gold Award – Music For All (2019).
Elementary Music Program Excellence Award (2018, 2016) - Suffolk County Music Educators Association (SCMEA).
Long Island Music Hall of Fame (2019). Longwood High School Music Program inducted.
Featured Article: Poliniak, S. (2016, October). The Advocate. Teaching Music (National Association for Music Education. Circulation - 70,000)
Suffolk County Anti-Bias Task Force for promoting tolerance & inclusion through the Arts, 2014.
Best Acting and Production Awards (2010 - Present), East End Arts Council Teeny Awards
Nassau Pops Symphony Orchestra (Trombone)
Perform with 60-piece ensemble in annual Outdoor Summer Concert Series, and for Christmas. Charity Benefits include those starring impressionist Bob Anderson, Broadway's Linda Eder, Joe Piscopo's Evening with Sinatra, songwriter Jimmy Webb, The Cast of BeatleMania, Led Zepplin Goes Symphonic, Let's Hang On (Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons Tribute), and The New York Bee Gees.
Northport Community Band (Trombone/Euphonium)
Perform with 50-piece concert band in annual outdoor Concerts in the Park each July since 1986
FEATURED PERFORMANCES WITH STUDENTS
2021 New Year's Eve Longwood Junior High Students-Wonderama & HealRWorld Streaming Performance
St Patrick’s Day Parade (New York City) Longwood High School Marching Band (2008-2011)
Walt Disney World (Orlando, FL) Longwood High School Marching Band (2021, 2017)
Sachem High School Marching Band (1999)
Archbishop Stepinac High School Jazz Ensemble (1996)
Tuba Christmas (Rockefeller Center, NYC) Longwood District Tubists & Euphoniumists (2008-2019)
Rep. Timothy Bishop Longwood High School Jazz Ensemble (2007)
Jingle Ball Madison Square Garden (NYC) Deer Park High School Marching Band (2000)
OTHER PERFORMANCES WITH STUDENTS
2006 NYSSBA Conference, USS Intrepid, Empire State Plaza, Madison Square Garden, Shea Stadium, Waldorf-Astoria Hotel.
Joined with Town of Brookhaven, NY for arts advocacy project spotlighting student achievement in the arts.
Commissioned composer Carl Strommen to write Longwood Celebration for District’s Golden Anniversary (2009).
Coordinated Mark Wood’s Electrify Your Strings for 400 district orchestra students for day-long clinic and concert (2017, 2012, 2010).
Conceived of Long Island Trombone Day enabling Long Island students to perform with trombone masters including:
Dr. Denson P. Pollard, Metropolitan Opera (2010)
Ray Anderson, Jazz Artist (2009)
Joseph Alessi, Principal, NY Philharmonic (2008)
PUBLISHED ARTICLES & INTERVIEWS
2020, July. Leading Longwood Central School District's Fine and Performing Arts Program during COVID-19.
2017, May. The Art of Public Relations. The Instrumentalist, 71 (10), pp. 8-10.
2016, October. Poliniak, S. The Advocate. Teaching Music (NAfME). Circulation - 70,000 (Featured Article)
2013, January. The Arts are Important for Sciences. Newsday.
2012, June. Advocacy Manual for NYSSMA membership.
2007, January. Seventy-Five Years of Music Education in New York State. The School Music News.
2005, February/March. Misinformation in a Crisis Can Spell Disaster. The School Music News.
2005, May/June. NYSSMA Members Serve Our Country. The School Music News.
2004, October. New York’s Idol: The Music Education of John Stevens. The School Music News.
2004, February. Why Your Music Program Needs Public Relations and Advocacy. The School Music News.
MEDIA PLACEMENTS - NYSSMA
Vocalist Renee Fleming Keynotes NYSSMA Cyber Summit 2020
Daily Messenger, Canandaigua, NY
Livingston County News, Batavia, NY (Quoted)
NYSSMA Cancels 2020 All State/Winter Conference Due to Pandemic
Daily Messenger, Canandaigua, NY
Evening Tribune, Hornell, NY
Finger Lake Times, Geneva, NY
Fox40 WICZ-TV, Vestal, NY
Monroe County Post, Canandaigua, NY
WENY-TV, Horseheads, NY
WHEC-TV, Rochester, NY
WSYR-TV, Syracuse, NY
Music In Our Schools Month (2020, Albany Times Union)
Rochester Readies for NYSSMA All State Conference (2019, Spectrum News, Rochester)
Long Beach Sixth Grader Youngest to Perform at NYSSMA Piano Showcase (2018, Newsday - Quoted)
Michael Salzman Assumes NYSSMA Presidency (2018, Newsday)
NYSSMA All State Conference (2016, Monroe County Post)
Top Music Students Perform at NYSSMA All State Conference (2016, Rochester Democrat & Chronicle)
Music In Our Schools Month (2020, Albany Times Union)
Michael Brownell Strikes Chord with State Officials (2016, Cortland Standard)
NYSSMA All State Conference (2015, Spectrum News, Rochester)
David Gaines Begins NYSSMA Presidency (2014, Newsday - Quoted)
Sacred Music in the Public Schools (2005, NY Times - Quoted)
MEDIA PLACEMENTS - LONGWOOD ARTS
We Did It (How Arts Programs Survived in Schools) (June, 2021, Newsday - Quoted)
School Arts Programs will Continue with New Technologies and Guidelines (September, 2020, Newsday - Quoted)
Irving Berlin's Yip! Yip! Yaphank! (November, 2018, Newsday - Quoted)
Property Tax Cap Will Hinder Arts Education (2011, Newsday - Letter to the Editor)
Advocacy and Music Education: Working Hand-in-Hand
Presenter - Dallas Baptist University (Virtual) - April, 2018
Presenter - NYSSMA Winter Conferences, Rochester, NY – December, 2018, 2015, 2010. 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2002, 2000
Presenter - Balanced Mind Conference, Brookville, NY – November, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005
Presenter – Long Island Symposium for Arts Administrators – October, 2007
Presenter – Westchester County Art Leaders Association – September, 2007
Presenter - CMENC/NYSSMA Winter Conferences
Eastman School of Music – April, 2008; Ithaca College – March, 2006
Presenter - MENC Eastern Division Conference, Providence, RI – March, 2009; Pittsburgh, PA - March, 2001
Presenter - NYSBDA Winter Conference, Syracuse, NY – March, 2001
Advocacy: Be Proactive Rather than Reactive
Presider - VH-1 Advocacy Seminar, MENC Eastern Division Conference Hartford, CT – March, 2007
Are Schools Preparing Students to be Tomorrow’s Arts Consumers?
Guest Lecturer - Florida State University. Dr. Anthony Cuyler, professor. March, 2020.
Building Arts Partnerships in Your Community
Panelist – NYS Alliance for Arts Education Conference, Bard College, Annandale, NY – January, 2008
Creating a Scholar Artist Program
Facilitator & Presenter, Roundtable Discussion – NYSSMA Winter Conference, Rochester, NY – December, 2008
Developing Positive Relationships with the Media
Facilitator & Co-Presenter – NYSSMA Winter Conference, Rochester, NY – December, 2018
Joined by Maureen McGuire, WROC-TV News Anchor
Joined by Dick Moss, News Director, Rochester Democrat & Chronicle
Entrepreneurial Skills in Music Education
Panelist, Virtual Discussion - NYSSMA Collegiate Members and Business Owners - August, 2021
The Future of School Arts Administration: Why YOU Matter
Presenter - NYSCAME/Suffolk - Symposium Day - November, 2022
Lecturer, SUNY Fredonia SDL Students - March, 2022
Facilitator, Live Panel Discussion - NYSSMA Winter Conference - December, 2021
Facilitator, Virtual Panel Discussion - New York State Summer Music Conference - Virtual - August, 2021
Facilitator, Virtual Panel Discussion - NYSSMA Cyber Summit/Winter Conference - Virtual - December, 2020
Get On a Substitute List - Music Teachers Get Sick, Too!
New York State School Music Association Winter Conference - Rochester, NY - December, 2021
Presented to NYSSMA Collegiate Members - Virtual Lecture at Nazareth College - May, 2021
How School Arts Programs are Faring During COVID-19
Suffolk NYSCAME Virtual Symposium for Long Island Educators - November, 2021
How Student Leaders Can Work With Educators to Promote the School's Music Program
Music for All's Summer Symposium, Muncie, IN - June, 2022
Leading a School District Music Program
Guest Speaker - SUNY Fredonia SDL Students - March, 2022
Marketing Your Music Program (Podcast Interview). March, 2016
Media Relations and Advocacy in Music Education
Presenter – MENC Webinar – March, 2007
Money: You Can’t Live With It and You Can’t Live Without It
Presenter - NYSCAME Panel Discussion at NYSSMA Winter Conference, Rochester, NY – December, 2006
Presenter - NYSSMA Summer Conference, Buffalo, NY – August, 2006
The New NYS Learning Standards in the Arts Turn-Key Trainer for Long Island School Districts including:
Miller Place Union Free School District - April, 2018
Patchogue-Medford Union Free School District – April, 2018
Port Jefferson Union Free School District - April, 2018
Eastern Suffolk BOCES - March, 2018
Sewanhaka Central High School District - March 2018
NYSCAME-Suffolk Superintendents Luncheon - February, 2018
Longwood Central School District - September, 2017
NYSCAME-Suffolk Symposium Day - November, 2017
Peer Review Session - Doctoral Research Presented - MENC Eastern Division Conference, Providence, RI. March, 2009
Preparing for a Successful Career as a Music Educator
Music for All's Future Music Educators' Experience - BOA Grand Nationals, Indianapolis, IN - November, 2022
Public Relations, Advocacy and Music Education: Working Hand-in-Hand
Conn-Selmer Institute - Indianapolis, IN (Virtual) - April, 2022
Recorded Panel Presentation - NAMM, Anaheim, CA January, 2018
Midwest Clinic, Chicago, IL, December, 2016
Southern Methodist University (Virtual) (2016)
Public Relations, Advocacy and Music Education: Working Hand-in-Hand - NAfME Eastern Div. Conference, Providence, RI, 2015
Public Relations and Advocacy in the Non-Profit Setting
Presenter - Estee Lauder (through St. Joseph’s College) February, 2005
Presenter - Symbol Technologies (through St. Joseph’s College) October, 2004
Public Relations for Future Music Educators (Presented to Collegiate Students)
Hartwick College (Virtual) - April, 2021
NYSSMA All State Conference – December, 2019
Usable Public Relations Techniques to Promote Your Music Program
Presenter – Midwest Clinic – Chicago, IL – December, 2015
Presenter - Long Island Symposium for Arts Administrators – October, 2007
Presenter – Westchester County Art Leaders Association – September, 2007
Presenter - Balanced Mind Conference, Brookville, NY – November, 2007, 2006, 2005
Presenter - CMENC/NYSSMA Winter Conference, Eastman School of Music - April, 2008
Presenter - CMENC/NYSSMA Winter Conference, Ithaca College - March, 2006
Presenter - NYSSMA Winter Conferences, Rochester, NY – December, 2017, 2015, 2011, 2007 - 2000
Presenter - MENC Eastern Division Conference, Pittsburgh, PA - March, 2001
Presenter - NYSBDA Winter Conference, Syracuse, NY – March, 2001
Tri-M Music Honor Society (Keynote) – Sewanhaka Central High School District (March, 2015)
Tri-M Music Honor Society – Longwood High School (Annual)
National Art Honor Society – Longwood High School (Annual)
Project Implementation and Leadership
Implemented the first school-based Harp curriculum on Long Island.
Led district through 2.5-year cross-curricular project of Irving Berlin’s 1918 production Yip, Yip, Yaphank! written within current school district boundaries.
Successfully advocated for the 2015-16 return of fourth grade beginning music program after losing it to 2010 economic downturn.
Spearheaded creation of Long Island Arts Alliance’s Scholar Artist program. Serve as Education Committee Chair.
Social Media Coordination for NYSSMA, NYSCAME, SCMEA on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.
Leader in Education and Arts Advocacy
Work with senior leadership on curriculum reviews, student development, arts advocacy, and arts-related technology & initiatives.
Ed.D. Dissertation: The Attitudes of Music Administrators and Music Educators in Their Role as Advocates for K-12 Music Programs in Selected Regions of New York State.
Exceptionally Strong Interpersonal and Communication skills to deal with Internal and External Target Audiences
Built and maintain relationships with State and Local Leaders, Board of Education members, Superintendents, Teachers, Parents, Students, Staff.
Chairperson for Public Relations and Information (Media Spokesperson), New York State School Music Association’s 3,700 members & 100,000 students.
Proven capacity to effectively operate in large and small institutions
Recruit, Interview, Hire, Manage and Evaluate Teaching, Substitute, and Clerical Staff
Champion of Teamwork
Believer in supporting staff and allowing them to flourish in their positions
Available Upon Request