Associate Director of Bands + Interim Dir. of Woodwind Studies
Dr. Jermie Arnold was appointed to the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University, Long Beach as the Associate Director of Bands in the fall of 2012. Dr. Arnold is currently the Interim Director of Woodwind Studies, the principal conductor of the Symphonic and Concert Bands, teaches conducting courses, and assists in the supervision of student teachers. In 2014 he received the Most Inspirational Professor Award from the California State University, Long Beach Alumni Association.
Dr. Arnold completed his DMA in 2014 from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia where his primary mentors were Mark Camphouse, Anthony Maiello, and Dennis Layendecker. He received his Master and Bachelor degrees in Music Education from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. As an undergraduate he was honored with the Theodore Presser Foundation Scholarship for music educators.
Dr. Arnold’s public school teaching experience includes eight years as Director of Bands at American Fork Junior High School in American Fork, Utah. During his tenure at American Fork, the program grew from 300 to over 450 students in four concert bands, and three jazz bands. His ensembles received superior ratings at festivals throughout Utah each year, and the Wind Ensemble performed at the National Music Educators Conference, the Inaugural Music for All National Middle School Festival and the Utah Music Educators Conference. His jazz bands were recognized as among the outstanding junior high jazz bands in the state of Utah. The Utah Music Educators Conference recognized Doctor Arnold twice, first with the Superior Accomplishment Award in 2006 and second with the Outstanding Junior High-Middle School Music Educator Award in 2008.
While in Utah he also served as the Assistant Director of Bands at American Fork High School, with responsibilities over the Brass and Visual aspects of the nationally recognized marching band. While he was Asst. Director of the Marching Band, countless Regional and State competitions were won, in addition to performances at the Presidential Inaugural Parade, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and an invitation to perform in the Tournament of Roses Parade.
Dr. Arnold is co-founder and emeritus Associate Conductor of the Wasatch Winds Symphonic Band, an adult community band of over 70 members. He has presented at numerous conferences across the country and been a guest conductor in New York, Hawaii, Utah, Idaho, and Virginia. In 2013 he was the guest conductor for the Maine All-State Band. He has served as adjudicator at marching and concert band contests throughout the United States. He and his wife, Amber, enjoy their children Jacob, Kyle and Bethany.
My Teaching Philosophy
I am passionate about teaching. I take great pleasure in the success of my students, both in the classroom, and in the concert hall. I am continually awed by their creativity, enthusiasm and dedication to music. I enjoy working with students of all levels and abilities and am striving to always renew and create new skills that will enhance my teaching. In my classroom, students take an active role in the learning process. I strongly believe that students can be successful if given the opportunity to fully engage themselves in the subject matter. I firmly believe that the ability to create beautiful music is not limited to the concert hall alone, but that beautiful music can be created at any time and in any place.