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James Brosnan, Adjunct Professor of Music Education

James Brosnan

Adjunct Professor of Music Education

M.S. in Music Education, Long Island UniversityB.S. in Information Technology, University of Phoenix


James Brosnan is currently an adjunct professor of music education at LIU Post. He has performed locally, regionally, and internationally as a vocalist and trombonist, touring Spain, France, and Switzerland; notable appearances have been at Iridium, Jazz Standard, the Montreux Jazz Festival, Jazz à Vienne, and Carnegie Hall.  Throughout his performing career, he has performed and studied with a number of world-renowned jazz artists, including Warren Vachè, Bobby Watson, Ray Anderson, Marian McPartland, Darmon Meader, New York Voices, Dave Lalama, Chris Culver, and Richie Iacona. Mr. Brosnan is currently the principal trombonist for the Five Towns College Wind Ensemble.

In addition to his duties at LIU Post, Mr. Brosnan is the choral director and music theory instructor at Smithtown High School West in Smithtown. He currently directs the school's 120-voice Concert Choir as well as its 16-voice Jazz Choir, directs the annual school musical, and teaches introductory music theory, AP Music Theory, and Advanced Music Theory. During his career, Mr. Brosnan has served as a committee member and chairperson for the Nassau Music Educators Association All-County Vocal Jazz Ensemble and SCMEA All-County Choirs, and has also presented workshops at the NYSSMA Winter Conference.


Music Education (Secondary), Vocal Coaching and Performance, Brass Coaching and Performance, Jazz Studies

Lectures and Presentations

Nuts and Bolts: Building a Middle-School Choral Program

Abstract: In the public school music program, one of the most difficult assignments is chorus at the middle-school level. This presentation is designed to be a primer and step-by-step instruction manual for building a program to meet and exceed the needs of the pre-teen vocalist. In addition, it is also designed to prepare new choral directors to begin their teaching careers at the middle-school level.

Target Audience: College students, new teachers, or current music teachers new to middle-school chorus.

Presented at: New York State School Music Association 2013 Winter Conference

Into the Fire: Practical Advice for First-Year Music Teachers

Abstract: This presentation addresses many of the questions that first-year teachers have about the profession that they have entered – even the ones that they don’t know to ask. Specifically, this presentation addresses many questions and topics regarding the logistics of teaching music rather than pedagogy, including classroom setup techniques, management strategies, usage of technology, and the interpersonal aspects of working within the educational environment.

Target Audience: College students and first-year music teachers.

Presented at: New York State School Music Association 2014 Winter Conference

Professional Affiliations

New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA); Suffolk County Music Educators Association (SCMEA); National Association for Music Education (NAfME); American Choral Directors Association (ACDA)