Faculty Profile: Amy McGlothlin, Music

Posted by Andy Cunningham on September 20, 2022 at 11:00 AM

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What is your educational background? 

  • I attended Marshall University in West Virginia for my undergraduate degree. I have a BFA in Music Performance. After moving to New England, I attended the Longy School of Music where I received my Master’s degree in Saxophone Performance and then Boston University where I completed my DMA in Woodwind Performance.

How long have you been teaching at Fitchburg State University? 

  • I began teaching at Fitchburg State in 2018

What attracted you to teach at Fitchburg State?

  • I have been working with first generation students for over a decade as an adjunct at Salem State and I am a first generation student myself. The demographic of our students here at Fitchburg State resonates with me and I wanted to continue to try and give back to students seeking new opportunities and careers. Our students work so hard while trying to balance school, work and their family lives. I truly admire their commitment.

Tell us about your program. 

  • We currently have two bands on campus. The concert band is a traditional band. It is open to all students, alumni and community members who want to participate and play a band instrument. We meet on Thursday nights in Weston auditorium, so there are very few class conflicts.
  • Our second band is what I like to call our “modern jazz band.” We are open to any student on any instrument at any level. The students decide as a group what tunes they would like to learn. Then we dissect those songs to learn how they are structured and then create our own arrangements that suit the levels and abilities of everyone in the group. More advanced players help out the less experienced players and everyone works together. The members like it so much, they often meet on their own to work on songs, or just to jam. Jazz Band meets on Monday and Wednesday at 11am

What advice do you give to prospective students? 

  • Do and study the things you are most interested in. If you love what you are studying, then you will be successful. And, if you sing or play an instrument, join an ensemble. It’s a great way to fulfill some of your arts requirements and meet other students while continuing to enjoy making music. Finally, don’t be afraid to communicate with your professors. It is much easier for us to help you if we know what obstacles might be in your way.

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