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Ted Zalkind
 

Mr. Zalkind recently accepted the position of Band Director at Riverbend Elementary and Yuba City High School and Middle School String Ensemble at Tierra Buena School all in Yuba City, California (in the beautiful Sacramento Valley).

 

Up until that time, Mr. Zalkind was an elementary school string and wind instrument teacher for the Granite School District in Salt Lake City. Working with students in fifth and sixth grades, Mr. Zalkind instructed both beginner and intermediate level players. Mr. Zalkind and his wife, Susan, run the Zalkind Music Studio, offering private trumpet lessons to students at all grade levels. They also organized and ran the Summerhays Music Center “Summer Music Jam” Camp for elementary age students on string, wind and percussion instruments. 

Mr. Zalkind has been a public school music teacher for over twenty six years, teaching and conducting a wide variety of orchestra and band ensembles in both Utah and California, including fourteen years teaching at the high school level. Mr. Zalkind also has extensive experience organizing honor band and orchestra ensembles, music festivals, and adjudicating. Mr. Zalkind holds a Bachelor of Music degree from California State University, Northridge, a Master of Music Education degree from the University of Utah, and has begun work on a PhD in Music Education at the University of Utah. He is a member of the Music Educators National Conference, the Utah Music Education Association, the International Trumpet Guild, and the American Federation of String Teachers Association. 

Mr. Zalkind was also the Music Director and Conductor of the Wasatch Community Symphony Orchestra. A member of the trumpet section of the Salt Lake Symphonic Winds, Mr. Zalkind served as President of that organization. Active as a musician, Mr. Zalkind has also performed with a wide variety of ensembles on the trumpet, including participation in the Rafael Mendez Brass Institute in Denver, Colorado and as a member of the Alan Hancock College Concert Band in Santa Maria, California. Mr. Zalkind was recently named the Elementary Music Educator of the Year by the Utah Music Education Association. 

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