Title: Music Educator
Location: Westbury, New York, United States
Steven Schopp has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in music education.
It was Dr. Schopp’s own high school music teacher, Ronald Cox that inspired him to become a music educator. In his career, he accomplished more than just teaching students how to play and perform music, instead, he fostered an environment of creative thinking and aspirational pursuits. Since 2006, Dr. Schopp has served as the Executive Director of the New York State School Music Association. Prior to this role, he garnered experience and grew tremendously as an educator and leader as the head of the music department at the Syosset Central High School District from 1980 to 2004. He began teaching at the district in 1967. In addition to this role, Dr. Schopp has served as the principal of the Syosset Summer High School, as chairman of the Camerata Youth Orchestra, Director of Bands for the Usdan Center for Performing Arts and President of the Eastern Division of the Music Educators National Conference.
The highlight of Dr. Schopp’s career was teaching and leading students for 37 years at the Syosset Central High School District. In this venture, he helped build up the program to become a very well-known and accomplished music program. In his own academic pursuits, Dr. Schopp first earned a Bachelor of Science in music education at Ithaca College in 1966. A year later, he received a Master of Science from the University of Illinois. He later received an EdD in music education from Columbia University in 2006. Throughout his career, Dr. Schopp has received myriad awards in recognition of his work. These awards include being named a Lowell Mason Fellow with the NAFME, receiving the Music Educators of New York City Award and the Educator of Note from the Long Island Music Hall of Fame.
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