Location: New York, USA
Craig B. Knapp received his Bachelors Degree in Music Education from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam. He earned a Masters Degree from SUNY Stony Brook and has studied graduate work at the University of Hartford, Ithaca College, SUNY Potsdam, University of Memphis, Long Island University, Five Towns College and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, studying with renown music educators including John Feierabend, Jos Wuytack, Janet Galván and Will Schmid.
Craig is currently in his 14th year teaching General Music, Music Technology, Recorder/Orff Ensemble and Chorus, grades 3 through 5, at the Joseph A. Edgar Intermediate School in the Rocky Point Public School District. He has three elementary chorus groups, a 3rd/4th Grade Beginner Chorus, a 4th/5th Grade Intermediate Chorus a 5th Grade Select Chorus, and also a 5th Grade Recorder Ensemble. Mr. Knapp's 4th/5th grade students regularly participate in NYSSMA (New York State School Music Association) festivals as soloists/duets/trios for voice and recorder, and his 4th/5th Grade Intermediate and 5th Grade Select Chorus ensembles have been performing annually at the NYSSMA Major Organization Evaluation Festival since Spring of 2003, where they have received consistent "Gold" and "Gold With Distinction" ratings. Mr. Knapp has had several students participate in ACDA (American Choral Directors Association) State, Divisional and National Children's Honors Choirs and in the OAKE (Organization of American Kodály Educators) National Children’s Choir since 2004. He also has students participate each spring in the SCMEA (Suffolk County Music Educators’ Association) PEAK (Parents, Educators And Kids) and Eugene Reichenthal Recorder Day Festivals.
Mr. Knapp is currently the Director of the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra of New York’s Children’s Treble Choirs, which included a performance at Carnegie Hall in June 2009. This season, acclaimed choral composer Nick Page has been commissioned to write a piece for Mr. Knapp’s choir to debut at Lincoln Center in June 2011. Craig has been a guest conductor for several elementary All-County Chorus groups, including the Nassau, Schoharie and Dutchess County Music Educators’ Associations. Mr. Knapp has also been a guest conductor/clinician for the SCMEA Eugene Reichenthal Recorder Day and Suffolk and Nassau County PEAK Festivals.
Craig Knapp has presented workshops at NYSSMA Winter and Summer Conferences, The Balanced Mind Conference, SCMEA Classroom Music workshops, NYSCAME workshops, and various universities and public school districts on topics including children’s choirs, elementary classroom music curriculum, and implementing music technology.
Mr. Knapp is an active member of SCMEA, where he currently serves as Immediate Past-President. Prior to this, he served as President, President-Elect, Executive Vice President for All-County Festivals, and East Division Assistant to the Vice President for All County Festivals. Mr. Knapp served a term on the executive board as "Member at Large" for KONY (Kodály Organization of New York). He is also actively involved with the NY/ACDA (New York Chapter of American Choral Directors Association) where he is currently serving as Repertoire & Standards Committee Chairperson for Children’s Choirs, and recently concluded a 3-year term as Children’s Elementary Honor Choir Chairperson. Mr. Knapp is currently the Executive Program Administrator for the Orff-Schulwerk Teaching Training Certification at Hofstra University.
Mr. Knapp has successfully completed the Orff-Schulwerk Level I, II, III, and Master Certificate, Level I Kodály Training, earned his Level I & II certification from the Doreen Rao Choral Music Experience Institute, a Level I & II certification in World Music Drumming and he also has his Level I certification from the Technology Institute for Music Educators. (TI:ME). Craig Knapp was the first ever music educator to be selected as Dowling College/News 12 Long Island "Educator of the Month," in the 2005-2006 Academic Year. In 2009, Mr. Knapp was selected as 1 in 24 music educators to be included teaching an elementary chorus lesson for the NYSSMA Music Views, Standards Based Lessons DVD Project.
Mr. Knapp is currently a member of the following professional organizations: ACDA, ACME, AFT, Americans for the Arts, AMTA, AOSA (LIAOSA), ARS, ATMI, Chorus America, DSA, GIML, IFCM, ISME, Kappa Delta PI, MENC, MTNA, Music Friends, NATS, NMEA, NYSSMA, NYSUT, OAKE (KONY), SCMEA, and TI:ME.