Robert Curry

Robert Curry


IM: Bob

Main Campus, Harrisonburg

Office Location: n/a

Private Lessons- trumpet, tuba

Music Dept

“My basic philosophy in the classroom is to learn about music through performance in a safe environment that promotes problem-solving and critical thinking skills. Performance includes understanding the theoretical, historical, and aesthetic elements of the music in order to present the music in the light for which it was intended. This would include factors such as harmonic and rhythmic vocabulary, cadence emphasis, phrase structure, aesthetic principles, instrumentation evolution and more. In my classroom each student is treated as an individual. I believe students should be on time; be prepared; and be respectful of themselves, others and equipment. Remaining active in the profession is a prominent part of my beliefs to focus the classroom experience. As a performer I was a founding member of the Camerata Brass and the Salt Lake Symphonic Winds. I have been a substitute performer for several amateur orchestras in the Salt Lake City area.”

Robert Curry retired recently after teaching public school music for 41 years — 2 years in Colorado and 30 years in Utah including 24 at Highland High School in Salt Lake City, and nine years in Virginia. The GRAMMY Foundation recognized Highland HS on four different occasions as a GRAMMY Signature School. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana; a Master of Arts degree from Brigham Young University; and has done post-graduate study at the University of Utah. Bob has had articles published in The Instrumentalist, Teaching Theatre, and the Interface, the journal of the Utah National Association for Music Education. He has also graded Advanced Placement Music Theory tests. The College Board published his AP Music Theory curriculum in the 2007 edition of the Teachers’ Guide for AP Music Theory. Bob has composed and arranged orchestra music published by Tempo Press and Wingert-Jones; and was the editor of Mahew Lake’s band arrangement of The Barber of Seville Overture published by Carl Fischer. He has been listed in Who’s Who in American Education three times and Who’s Who in America on one occasion.

An active performer, he has performed with the Salt Lake Symphonic Winds and was assistant conductor of the ensemble for several years. In Harrisonburg he performs with Just Jazzin’, an adult community big band. He has been married to Dr. Vicki Curry, a professor at JMU, for 42 years. They have two children.


Post Graduate University of Utah Salt Lake City, Utah
Independent Study: String Pedagogy and Bowings
Computer Music and Graphics
Band Conducting and Rehearsal Techniques (two summer sessions)
Computer Music Notation: Sibelius
Independent Study: Opera
Seminar on the Principalship
Educational Supervision of Administration of Educational Programs

Master of Arts
Brigham Young University Provo, Utah
Major: Music Education

Bachelor of Music
Butler University Indianapolis, Indiana
Major: Music Education


Arrangements/compositions for orchestra published by Tempo Press,
Madison Heights, MI –
Pomp and Circumstance No. 1, An Old World Christmas, Sleeping Beauty
Waltz, The Young Prince and the Young Princess, March of the Toys,
Sinfonia from Christmas Oratorio by J. S. Bach

Arrangements/compositions for orchestra published by Wingert-Jones, Exton, PA –
Christmas in the Renaissance for String Orchestra

Highland High School Advanced Placement Music Theory curriculum published by the College Board in the 2007 edition of Teachers’ Guide for Music Theory.
Essential Skills and Techniques for Instrumental Music Students – published by Salt Lake Education Foundation, August 2005.

“Producing a Gilbert and Sullivan Operetta in a High School”—co-authored with John Newman (Theater/Highland H. S.) Winter, 2002 issue of Teaching Theatre.

“Barber of Seville Overture” for band arranged by Mahew Lake, edited by Robert A. Curry published by Carl Fischer, Inc.

“Do You Buy Instruments the Way You Buy Cars?” — published in Interface: The Journal of the Utah Music Educators Association in spring edition, 1998

“Band Festivals” — published in The Instrumentalist magazine in March, 1995 (contributor only)

“Utah’s Band Music List” — published in Interface: the Journal of the Utah Music Educators Association in winter edition, 1995

“Changing the Seating to Suit the Music” — published in The Instrumentalist magazine in December 1994

Honors, Awards and Grants

November 2014 – received Outstanding Cooperating Teacher Award from James Madison University

February 2007 – received Presidential Music Education Award from Utah Music Educators Association state chapter

December 2006 – Named as one of “50 Directors Who Make a Difference” in
SBO Magazine

1998-99, 1999-2000, 2000-2001 and 2002-03 GRAMMY Foundation Signature School Award

Who’s Who in American Education – three listings

Who’s Who in America – 2007

Phi Kappa Phi (National Scholastic Honorary)

Certifications and Licenses

Commonwealth of Virginia Post Graduate Professional license for Instrumental Music K-12, valid until June 2021

Courses Taught

MUES233A Instrumental Methods :Brasses
MUPS 271, 274 Private Studio Tuba and Trumpet
MUES341 Jazz Ensemble