Middle School Music Director
New West Charter School
Los Angeles, California
Learning. Teaching. Performing.
Sally O’Neill grew up on Long Island and began her music journey in the 4th grade. She started on the flute and then began to double on piccolo as soon as she was allowed. Band was always her favorite subject and she knew from a young age that she wanted to do it for the rest of her life. Sally studied Music Education at the Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam and earned a B.M in 2013. After student teaching in Brooklyn, NY she then continued her education and earned an M.A from Teachers College, Columbia University. Soon after graduation in 2016, Sally moved to the west coast to begin teaching full time. She taught K-5 general music and 6th-8th grade band, strings, and choir during her first 3 years teaching before starting at New West. Sally is beyond happy to have landed as the Middle School Music Director at New West, because teaching instrumental music at the middle school level is where her passion lives.
Primarily a flute/piccolo player, Sally has performed extensively with many ensembles including the Brooklyn Wind Symphony, Pasadena Community Orchestra, and the World Youth Wind Orchestra Project in Schladming, Austria. You can even hear her playing on the CW's TV show, Katy Keene, which she recorded for recently at
Remote Control Studios. Sally recently performed at a Piccolo Masterclass with the principal flute and piccolo players of the MET Opera Orchestra.
In the classroom, Sally looks to instill a passion for performing, listening, and enjoying music in every student. Through dedication and hard work, her students will learn a new skill and language while making friends and having fun. Her students have performed at Knott's Berry Farm and the LA Marathon, visited the Walt Disney Concert Hall, and have been invited to perform at Carnegie Hall.
When Sally is not teaching, practicing, or stuck in quarantine you can find her enjoying a live concert. Until then, you'll find her doing yoga in the living room, cooking, or playing with the neighborhood cats.
Practice, Practice, Practice!
RECOMMENDED METHOD BOOKS
All Winds and Percussion are available in an instrument specific book in following series:
Additional Flute Resources:
APPS FOR SMART PHONES AND TABLETS
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Middle School Curriculum
All Beginning students are now playing! Students are expected to practice at least 10-15 minutes every day. They will work through the Standard of Excellence Book 1 and focus on correct hand position, embouchure, counting, and note reading. At the end of this semester, in addition to successful completion of their current class, students may choose to audition for the Intermediate Level class.
BAND AND STRINGS
Intermediate students are learning new key signatures, time signatures, and still performing in class every Wednesday. Students should be practicing at least 20-25 minutes every day as they work through Book 2. At the end of the semester, in addition to successful completion of their current class, students may choose to audition for the 8th Grade Ensemble.
8TH GRADE ENSEMBLE
This group combines the woodwinds, brass, strings, and percussion students in one class. Students will perform for each other and submit frequent playing assignments on Music First. Students will also build upon music history and theory as they now can see how all of the sections work together in an ensemble. Students are preparing to move into the High School Music Program.