Gretchen Hary

Gretchen Hary
Age Groups
  • Classical
  • Ensemble
  • Improvisation
  • Drumset
  • Marimba
  • Orchestral Percussion
  • Percussion

Gretchen Hary holds a BM in percussion performance from Boston Conservatory, a MM in percussion pedagogy from Belmont University and a Graduate Certificate in Music and Autism from The Boston Conservatory at Berklee.  She has studied under Tim Genis, Nancy Zeltsman, Patrick Hollenbeck and Christopher Norton. Ms. Hary is a freelance percussionist and arranger who performed at PASIC 2004 with the Belmont Percussion Ensemble.  Her extensive teaching includes private lessons on marimba, timpani, orchestral snare and drum set.  She also teaches percussion ensembles, special needs students, theory and musicianship.  Ms. Hary currently teaches at ACES Educational Center for the Arts and is founder of the C.S.I Drumming program.  She is a former adjunct instrumental teacher at Thomas Edison Middle School and a former band director with Connecticut Future Musicians.

I was drawn to NMS because it is a community arts school.   While many teachers have private studios, NMS offers opportunities to collaborate with other faculty, multiple performance opportunities for my students and support for me as a teacher.  I have had the opportunity to share teaching strategies and ideas with other drum faculty, to work with the large ensemble directors, learn about teaching students with special needs, teach theory, direct the percussion ensemble at the New Haven Tree Lighting ceremony and perform as a soloist on an afternoon recital. The list could go on.  Over the last 15 years NMS has supported me and given me a chance to grow as a teacher.

I have 2 lesson plans published in the book, Teaching Music to Students with Special Needs, a Practical Resource, by Alice M. Hammel.

I have a 3-year-old miniature Dachshund named Lucy who I am working on training to be a therapy dog.

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