As an educator, I utilize my knowledge and resources to provide opportunities fit to each individual student. Learning is never a one-size-fits-all approach and it is very important to me to find what works for each individual student. I am energetic and try to make my lessons fun and applicable to the real world, and I look forward to the opportunity to work with you!
I received my Bachelor's degree in Music Education in 2019 and have 7 years of experience teaching one-on-one lessons, small group lessons, and in larger classroom settings. My highest level of expertise is in brass performance and teaching, but I am also certified to teach all instruments and general music topics. I also have an interest and knowledge in music production that I am excited to share with my students.
Aliyah D. Qualls
Hornist, Vocalist, Composer, Arranger, Educator
Aliyah has had musical training in many different genres, including classical, funk, hip hop, gospel, electronic, and contemporary styles. She is an artist who consistently seeks out opportunities to diversify her skill set and improve her craft. As an educator, she aims to help each student find their own individual artistic voice and equips them with the skills, techniques, and resources that they need to achieve their goals.
‘Aliyah Danielle’ Youtube Channel - Content Creator
MAY 2020 - PRESENT
Write, arrange, and perform various pieces of music to be uploaded and shared online.
Up with People, Denver, CO - Cast Member, USA Representative
JANUARY 2020 - MARCH 2020
Tour with a performance group, visiting more than 20 communities on two continents across the world.
Part of this tour was suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Further cultural awareness and understanding through immersive experiences, such as community discovery and host family living. Volunteer 8-12 hours a week of community service specific to the needs of each community visited. Participate in 4-6 hours a week of educational workshops geared towards professional development and global citizenship. Perform at least one show a week. This is a two-hour professionally produced show including singing, dancing, acting, and instrument playing. Aliyah performed the lead vocal role in the show. Earn academic credits through three study abroad classes, focusing on small group communication, intercultural communication, and contemporary leadership models. Community Action Crew Leader: Work with Education Coordinators to organize and disseminate pertinent information to community service outings to cast members. Act as the main point of contact between the Up with People organization and volunteer organizations on the day of service. Lead preparation and debrief discussions for volunteers. Horn Section Leader: Arrange, coach, and perform with the horn section for the annual Up with People fundraising gala (February 29, 2020).
Quall-ity Time Brass Band - Band Leader, Arranger, Horn
AUGUST 2019 - DECEMBER 2019
Arrange music in different styles and genres for brass band. Contract musicians for performance. Coordinate rehearsal and performance schedules and venues. Run and advise rehearsals.
Mesa Encore Theatre, Mesa, AZ - Substitute Pit Orchestra Musician
Horn 1: The Pirates of Penzance
Zao Theatre, Apache Junction, AZ - Substitute Pit Orchestra Musician
Horn 1: Beauty and the Beast
Scottsdale Musical Theater Company, Tempe, AZ - Pit Orchestra Musician
SEPTEMBER 2019 - AUGUST 2020
Horn 1: Man of La Mancha
Horn 1: Camelot (postponed)
National Intercollegiate Band of Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma - Horn Section
A highly competitive ensemble, selected to perform each biennium at the National Convention of Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma.
Centennial Alumni Band of Kappa Kappa Psi - Principal Horn
A special, audition-only band called to perform at the centennial celebration of Kappa Kappa Psi - National Honorary Band Fraternity.
Arizona State University Large Instrumental and Vocal Ensembles
AUGUST 2015 - MAY 2019
ASU Symphony Orchestra, Section Horn
ASU Wind Orchestra, Section Horn
ASU Wind Ensemble, Section Horn
ASU Philharmonia, Section Horn
ASU Gospel Choir, Alto Section
Sun Devil Athletic Bands, Mellophone Section
ASU Horn Choir
Washington Elementary School District, Phoenix, AZ - Music Teacher
JULY 2019 - DECEMBER 2019
Lesson plan and teach general music concepts to kindergarten, first, second, third, and fourth grades.
Lesson plan and teach a variety of basic instrument (flute, violin, trombone) and vocal skills to fifth and sixth grade.
Attend weekly professional development sessions, as well as content specific conferences and events.
Mesa Public Schools, Mesa, AZ - Student Teacher
JANUARY 2018 - MAY 2018, JANUARY 2019 - MAY 2019
Lesson plan and teach general music concepts for kindergarten through 6th grade students.
Lesson plan, teach, and conduct beginning band for 5th and 6th grade students.
Teach beginning vocal technique to choir students in 1st through 3rd grade.
Scottsdale Unified School District, Scottsdale, AZ - Student Teacher
AUGUST 2017 - DECEMBER 2017, JANUARY 2019 - MAY 2019
Lesson plan and teach contemporary musicianship courses to high school students, which include: songwriting, composition, studio production, live sound production, research and public speaking (alongside Grammy nominated music educator, Richard Maxwell).
Chandler Unified School District, Chandler, AZ - Student Teacher
AUGUST 2018 - DECEMBER 2018
Lesson plan, teach, and conduct beginning and intermediate band for 5th through 8th grade students.
Assist mentor teacher in beginning percussion and beginning guitar class.
Brophy College Prep, Phoenix, AZ - Teaching Artist-in-Residence
SEPTEMBER 2018 - DECEMBER 2018
Plan and teach private and small group lessons to beginning to intermediate horn, saxophone, percussion, and vocal students. Focuses on the development of musicianship and technical skill.
Agua Fria Unified School District, Avondale, AZ - Brass Technician
JULY 2016 - NOVEMBER 2016
Teach music and marching sectionals for high school brass students in the Agua Fria Band of Owls.
Refine musical and visual technique for competition over a long period of time.
Sun Devil Marching Band, Tempe, AZ - Mellophone Rank Leader
AUGUST 2016 - DECEMBER 2018
Teach and reinforce music and marching concepts, used throughout each football season for the Arizona State University Sun Devils.
Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ - Bachelor of Music, Music Education
AUGUST 2015 - MAY 2019
Minor: Criminology and Criminal Justice
Academic Honors: Magna Cum Laude, Dean’s List, Special Talent Award
Performance: French Horn, Piano, Voice (alto/mezzo-soprano belter), Trumpet, Trombone, Euphonium, Drumset, Auxiliary Percussion.
Teaching: Lesson Planning, Conducting, Intermediate and Advanced Instrument Study (brass, wind, and percussion instruments), Private Instrument Study (brass and voice), General Music, Contemporary Music (songwriting/composition, arrangement/orchestration, recording, pre- and post-production).
Composition and Arranging: Chamber Ensemble(s), Marching Band, Concert Band, Brass Band, Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, Big Band/Jazz Ensemble, Solo Instrument.
HONORS AND AWARDS
J. Lee Burke Student Achievement Award - Kappa Kappa Psi
Nominations for this distinct honor are made by members of the National Council of Kappa Kappa Psi. This is awarded each year to students who have made outstanding contributions to their own Kappa Kappa Psi chapter and their college and university band programs.
Special Talent Award - Arizona State University
AUGUST 2015 - MAY 2019
Awarded based on audition, this scholarship is presented to students who display great technical ability and promise for success as a music student at Arizona State University.
Dean Potokar Award - Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra
Awarded to graduates of the orchestra who have shown unwavering dedication to the program.
John Philip Sousa Band Award - Rufus King High School
Awarded to students in the band program who display outstanding leadership skills and excellent ability in musicianship.
Exemplary Soloist Award - Wisconsin School Music Association
Awarded to student soloists who have received a perfect score on their performance, in the areas of tone quality, musicality, technical ability, and overall performance.
“Five Attributes to a Successful Life” presented at the Kappa Kappa Psi D.C. Al Coda Virtual Workshop in April 2020.
“Our Musicianship Matters” presented at the Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma 2018 District Leadership Conference at Oregon State University in Corvallis, OR.
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND ASSOCIATIONS
Kappa Kappa Psi - National Honorary Band Fraternity - Beta Omicron Chapter
National Education Association - Arizona Chapter
National Association for Music Educators
Arizona Music Educators’ Association
Arizona Department of Education: K-12 Teaching Certificate (Music Specialist)
CONFERENCE AND FESTIVAL PARTICIPATION
International Women’s Brass Conference, Tempe, AZ - May 2019
Kendall Betts Horn Camp, Lyman, NH - June 2019, June 2020
New York University Summer Brass Workshop, Manhattan, NY - July 2019
“No Good Deed” for Brass Quintet, Piano, and Percussion, published by SMP Press at Sheet Music Plus
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