Music Alumni Testimonials

 

Check out these statements from our wonderful alumni regarding their time at the Dewberry School of Music and how their experiences prepared them for their artist careers!

“Without reservation, I would recommend the Mason School of Music to prospective students. Mason prepared me to be the musician, teacher, and professional that I am today.” – BM Music Education, ‘16

“I grew immensely as a musician at GMU. My studies with the music faculty put me on the path to success in academia.” – MA Conducting, ‘98

“I was a musician in the Air Force for nine years, so my degree completely prepared me for that job audition!” – BM Performance, ‘00

“My experience at Mason helped guide me to my [many] years of teaching students how to love music and to make great moments through music.” – BM Music Education ‘02, MM Performance, ‘06

“GMU gave me a wide variety of skills which I put to use as a Music Director for churches. From conducting various vocal choirs and instrumental ensembles, teaching vocal techniques to my choirs, writing arrangements of choral scores for orchestra and programming regular concerts, my courses at GMU gave me the education necessary to provide excellent leadership and direction to my groups.” – BA Music ’76, MM Performance, ’96

“[The Mason School of Music] showed me the work ethic that I needed to have to earn the success that I want.” – BM Music Education, ‘17

“The music history curriculum in particular provided an excellent foundation for all of my future activities in music. Having a firm command of the history of Western classical music informs my daily work as the editor of a music publication.” – BM Performance, ‘10

“There is not enough space here to articulate my gratitude. The dedicated faculty at George Mason supported me, encouraged me, and provided me with a top-rate music education at the postgraduate level. Most importantly, my professors all modeled excellence in academics, musicianship, professionalism, leadership, and pedagogy. I have tried to carry this forward in my role as a conductor, educator, and administrator.” – DMA, ‘11

“My training at Mason gave me fundamentals skills in performance, musicianship, and teaching that allowed for me to excel in my graduate studies and continue onto a prosperous and diverse career in the arts. An undergraduate curriculum is crucial because it is the foundation for a musician’s development, and I am proud and blessed today that Mason gave me an excellent foundation.” – BM Music Education, ‘11

“[My] training as a conductor provided opportunities to learn, explore, and grow. That led directly to my success in my initial career as a band conductor in education and the military.” – MA Conducting, ‘89

“My training at George Mason University gave me all of the tools that I needed to be a successful teaching artist. I was well-equipped to enter the education arena and was able to work in my field immediately. Many opportunities have opened to me such as being an assistant director for an honors choir, being a sight-reading adjudicator, adjudicating district chorus auditions, and more.” – BM Music Education, ‘16

“I am so glad that I made the choice to come to Mason. Mason is the top music education program in the DMV area.” – BM Music Education, ‘16

“Without George Mason, I would not be a music educator, [nor] have the performance opportunities that have come my way.” – BM Music Education, ‘78

“Mason enabled me to acquire a very broad musical background, and to explore key interests beyond the piano, including arranging and conducting. It provided me with many, many hands-on opportunities to do so, as well as the opportunity to make connections among many friends and supporters of the arts – connections that I will cherish for a lifetime.” – BM Performance, ‘17