About Mr. Smeal
Position:  Music Educator.  Currently teach Middle School Band and Beginner Band.

Education: B.S. in Music Education from I.U.P.; M.A. in Music Theory and Composition from I.U.P.; TI:ME Level I Certified from DuquesneUniversity

Main Instrument:  Trumpet. 

MusicalInterests:  Founder of the Hot Metal Brass Band.  Currently play with the Tuesday Night Big Band, Pittsburgh Doo Wop Big Band, and freelance in and around the Pittsburgh Area.  Coordinator of Music and Children's Choirs at Hamilton Presbyterian Church in Bethel Park, PA.  Member of PMEA, MENC, TI:ME, and KOMPOZ.com.

Family:  Wife and 2 kids.

Hobbies:  My kids, hockey, and music.

Why education?  I became a teacher because I believe in the philosophy that education is the foundation of our communities.  I chose to teach music because I believe strongly in the need to teach students core values and basic life skills that you can only achieve by being a part of a"team" that strives each and every day for perfection.  I enjoy the fact that by teaching music I can dabble in other subject areas and hope that by reinforcing those I am helping our students to achieve their academic goals while at the same time enjoying the music they create.