John M. Pasternak
Composer, Arranger (ASCAP) and Music Educator
John M. Pasternak
Composer, Arranger (ASCAP) and Music Educator
John M. Pasternak has been an active musician since 2003 while he founded and directed several community groups. In Fall of 2005, John attended Kent State University (KSU) where he pursued a Bachelor of Music Education degree. While a student, John served as President of the Kent State Ohio Collegiate Music Education Association (OCMEA) Chapter, was Staff Arranger for the Kent State Marching Golden Flashes and wrote scores for two Kent State Independent Films. He also worked composed and conducted works for the KSU Ensembles. In 2008, John was elected as a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP). After graduating from Kent State University, John began his teaching career in January 2013 and has taught Band, Choir and General Music to students of all ages. John also has been a guest clinician at the Middle School, High School and College level for both his concert work and teaching experience. He is also currently an active member of the Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA). While teaching full time, John is also a composer with works published by RWS Music Company, Carl Fischer Music, Bandworks Publications, Grand Mesa Music Publishers and Excelcia Music Publishing. His “Intrepid Fanfare” was selected to be on the Bandworld Magazine Top 100 list in 2017. In addition to his concert works, John recently composed music for the Coaster Studios documentary “Save My Park.” John is also writing his first book “Teaching Composition in the Classroom: A Guide for New Composers.”
About John
My teaching philosophy is simple: Make music accessible and enjoyable for as many people as possible. I do this by choosing music that is appropriate to the ensembles I works with. I also assess groups using formative and summative assessments and then use the data to plan rehearsals and future music selections. Whether leading a warm-up or a sectional, my ensembles and classes are mostly student lead which allows for students to take more ownership in their ensembles and classes. This makes students become more involved and form a better understanding of the material our groups work on. It also helps students build comradery and build a section rapport. Differentiation is a huge part of my classroom. My daily teaching includes ways to learn for Visual, Auditory and Kinesthetic learners. In addition, students are also differentiated by instrument sections and within those sections, more advanced students help students who are struggling with the material. By doing this, it helps my lessons reach a broader variety of students and makes the classroom a more welcoming environment. Since 2004, I have worked with musicians just starting their musical journey in fifth grade to musicians who are retired and just performing for fun. I believe music should not only be accessible to performers but for wide audiences as well. My groups perform for audiences ranging from retirement homes and concert halls.
Teaching Philosophy
Title
Ensemble
Grade
Publisher
Adventure Express
Concert Band
3
Again We Rise
Concert Band
4
Belligerence
Concert Band
1
Breaking News
Concert Band
2
Chase the Horizon
Concert Band
2
Christmas Trees Around The World
Concert Band
3.5
Dark Matter
Concert Band
2
Expeditious
Concert Band
1
Galaxy Defenders
Concert Band
1
Geauga Lake: An Epilogue
Concert Band
2
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
Concert Band
3.5
Home of the Brave
Concert Band
4
Intrepid Fanfare
Concert Band
4
A Moment
Saxophone Quartet (SATB)
3
Roar in the Wind
Concert Band
3.5
The Royal Horsemen
Concert Band
1
Storm Chasers
Marching Band
3
To a Place Called Hope
Concert Band
3
Tribute
Concert Band
3
Wave High the Flag
Concert Band
3.5
Western Reserve (March)
Concert Band
3.5
John’s works are available for purchase from the following locations:
Compositions
Title
Adventure Express Ensemble: Concert Band Grade: 3 Publisher:
Again We Rise Ensemble: Concert Band Grade: 3 Publisher:
Belligerence Ensemble: Concert Band Grade: 1 Publisher:
Breaking News Ensemble: Concert Band Grade: 2 Publisher:
Chase the Horizon Ensemble: Concert Band Grade: 2 Publisher:
Christmas Trees Around The World Ensemble: Concert Band Grade: 3.5 Publisher:
Dark Matter Ensemble: Concert Band Grade: 2 Publisher:
Expeditious Ensemble: Concert Band Grade: 1 Publisher:
Galaxy Defenders Ensemble: Concert Band Grade: 1 Publisher:
Geauga Lake: An Epilogue Ensemble: Concert Band Grade: 2 Publisher:
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing Ensemble: Concert Band Grade: 3.5 Publisher:
Home of the Brave Ensemble: Concert Band Grade: 4 Publisher:
Intrepid Fanfare Ensemble: Concert Band Grade: 4 Publisher:
A Moment Ensemble: Saxophone Quartet (SATB) Grade: 3 Publisher:
Roar in the Wind Ensemble: Concert Band Grade: 3.5 Publisher:
The Royal Horsemen Ensemble: Concert Band Grade: 1 Publisher:
Storm Chasers Ensemble: Marching Band Grade: 3 Publisher:
To a Place Called Hope Ensemble: Concert Band Grade: 3 Publisher:
Tribute Ensemble: Concert Band Grade: 3 Publisher:
Wave High the Flag Ensemble: Concert Band Grade: 3.5 Publisher:
Western Reserve (March) Ensemble: Concert Band Grade: 3.5 Publisher:
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