s. beth may

S. Beth May

Educator and manager with 13 years of experience in higher education.

• Experienced in program design, curriculum development, organizing and implementing


• Track record of working effectively with faculty, student, staff, administrative, and community


• Created and taught successful workshops as well as online and in-person classes.

• Five years of experience managing the Jack Stone Award for New Music, including budget,

travel, communications, recruitment, and advertising.

• Lead instructor and mentor for music and humanities courses, overseeing up to eight adjunct

instructors each semester.


Academic positions:

Centralia College, Assistant Professor of Music - 2015 -  


Syracuse University

Adjunct Instructor, Physical Education Department - 2015


Northwest Vista College


Associate Professor of music – 2011 – 2014

Assitant Professor of music – 2007 – 2011

Adjunct Instructor of Kinesiology and Humanities - 2006 - 2014

Instructor of music – 2003 – 2007

Adjunct instructor of music– 2002 – 2003


• Curriculum developer and lead instructor for the Music Theory and Aural Skills sequence as

well as Music Fundamentals, our pre-theory course.

• Taught group and private piano and composition. Designed the digital piano lab and

selected pianos for the music department. Served on the planning committee for the

Palmetto Center for the Arts.

• Designer for online sections of Music Fundamentals and Music Appreciation

• Sole Pilates Instructor from 2011 - 2014. Taught Core Conditioning for Dancers fall 2013

S. Beth May 30 Oswego Street, Baldwinsville, NY 13027 sbethmay@gmail.com

• Designed both the on-campus and online versions of Humanities 1315, a course that

incorporates the study of music, visual art, dance, drama, literature and film

• Advised students and saw many through to successful transfers to 4-year institutions

• Created the Jack Stone Award for New Music, now in its sixth year. Past winners have

successfully completed graduate degrees in composition, scored films, and much more.

• Directed concert choir from 2002 until 2004


University of Texas at Austin

November 2006 – May 2007

Teaching Assistant


• Developed brand new course in collaboration with Dean of School of Music and another

graduate assistant

• Researched and located reading materials for course

• Facilitated online learning and instruction and conducted break out sections.


United States Peace Corps – Namibia

August 1998 – November 2000

Lower Primary teacher Trainer

• Tutored teachers to successful completion of correspondence certification programs,

• Facilitated over 150 workshops on learner centered education and critical thinking.


Yale School of Music

September 1996 - May 1998

Teaching Assistant

Taught composition as a secondary instrument, Graduate Aural skills teaching assistant




Committee Responsibilities

Grade Appeals committee (2013 - 2014); Promotion Appeals committee (2012 – 2014);

Faculty Senate (Senator 2013 – 2014; President 2011 – 2012; Vice

President, 2010 –

2011; Secretary, 2009 - 2010; Parliamentarian, 2008 – 2009); Performance Excellence

Team (2010 – 2011); Friends of the Arts at NVC (FANS) board (2010 – 2014); Fine and

Performing Arts Committee (Chair, 2010 – 2011; member 2006 – 2010); Honors

Committee (2009 – 2010); Travel Committee (2008 – 2010); Leadership Development

Team (2008 – 2009); Writing Across the Curriculum (2004 – 2014); Facilities Planning

(2004 – 2006 ); Women’s History Month (2003); Bright Ideas (2003 – 2004); Hiring

Committees: Humanities, Drama, Music; Recreational Sports and Wellness (2005-2006)

S. Beth May 30 Oswego Street, Baldwinsville, NY 13027 sbethmay@gmail.com


Other relevant experience:

• Composer in the Schools program, Society for New Music, 2014-2015

• Owner and lead instructor, Three Anchors Studio, Baldwinsville, NY - opened July 2014

• AP Music Theory Reader 2010 – 2014


Awards and Grants:

• Apple Orange Pair commissioning project, 2011 - 2012

• Yale AlumniVentures grant, 2009

• Judith Lang Zaimont Award, IAWM 2008 (Witch Hunt)

• University of Texas at Austin Dean’s list, Fall 2006, Spring/Summer 2007

• “Untitled” (lithograph) selected for Tippecanoe (County) Arts Federation Juried Exhibit,

Jan. 11-Feb. 12, 2002

• Frances E. Osborne Kellogg Memorial Prize, 1998

• Irving S. Gilmore Fellowship Recipient, 1996-98



• Upcoming: “Two Dolphin Interludes” in Made in SA, a collection of student piano pieces by

composers from the Composers Alliance of San Antonio

• May, S. Beth. “Three Pieces for Horn and Harp” on Seeds . Apple Orange Pair, 2013

• May, S. Beth. Music Fundamentals: An Introduction (Kendall Hunt, 2nd revised edition 2013)

• May, S. Beth. “Real Music Appreciation for the 21st Century: the use of Student-Submitted

YouTube Videos in Online Music Appreciation Class” – Proceedings, Cultural Diversity in

Music Education conference 2010 (Sydney, Australia)

• Henderson, D.L. and J.P. May. Exploring Culturally Diverse Children’s Literature: Learning to

Listen in New Ways. S. Beth May, Illustrator. Boston: Allyn and Bacon, 2005

• Huber, Sara and S. Beth May, editors. Esiku Limwe. S. Beth May, illustrator. Windhoek,

Namibia: Gamsberg Macmillan Publishers, 2000.



University of Texas at Austin


Doctorate of Musical Arts in Composition

S. Beth May 30 Oswego Street, Baldwinsville, NY 13027 sbethmay@gmail.com

Dissertation: Iridescence – concerto for oboe and orchestra.

Composition studies with Bruce Pennycook, Yevgeniy Sharlat, Russell Pinkston and Dan



Yale University School of Music


Master of Music in Composition

Composition Studies with Martin Bresnick, Bun-Ching Lam, and Anthony Davis.

Computer Music Studies with Jack Vees.


University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Bachelor of Music in Composition

Graduated with high honors

Composition studies with Zack Browning, Erik Lund, Paul Zonn, and Sever Tipei.


Workshops and Conferences Attended

The Walden School Teacher Training Institute, 2010 and 2011

Dublin, New Hampshire

Cultural Diversity in Music Education conference 2010

Sydney, Australia

College Music Society Summer Institute on the Pedagogy of World Music Theory (2005)

Boulder, CO

Faculty development, Critical Thinking, Cooperative Learning

Northwest Vista College, 2002 – 2006

Regional Teacher Training Workshops, Ongwediva College

Oshakati, Namibia, 1998 – 2000


Professional Affiliations

Society for New Music, board member

American Society of Composers and Publishers (ASCAP)

Society of Composers, Inc (SCI)

American Music Center (AMC)

Music Teachers National Association (MTNA)

Composers Alliance of San Antonio (CASA).


S. Beth May 30 Oswego Street, Baldwinsville, NY 13027 sbethmay@gmail.com