Full Name
Donald Snyder
Job Title
Vocal/General Music Specialist
Prince George's County Public Schools, Upper Marlboro, Maryland
Speaker Bio
Donald Snyder is a vocal and general music specialist for the Prince George’s County Public Schools. He has worked with students from prekindergarten through senior high school in Indiana, Texas, New York, New Jersey, and Maryland. He obtained a B. S. degree in music education from the University of Indianapolis and a M. M. in choral conducting from the University of Houston. Following that, he did Kodaly certification training at the University of Oklahoma and New York University and completed Orff- Schulwerk teacher training at the University of St. Thomas. He has completed course work for the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in music education at Shenandoah University.
Donald has served as clinician for NAfME National, Eastern Division, and five state affiliates. He has been guest lecturer for NAfME student chapters in Indiana, New York, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia. Since 2009 he has been a cooperating teacher and teacher mentor for the music education department at Catholic University of America. In 2005 he was a teacher reviewer for the Spotlight on Music textbook series, published my McMillan McGraw-Hill. His co-authored article on best practices in music educator preparation was published in Envoy, the publication of the Organization of American Kodaly Educators, in 2011. In February 2012 he was part of a Federal Department of Education focus group on the reforming of music teacher preparation and compensation. Cited for his professional achievements and volunteer service endeavors, he has been profiled in Who’s Who in America since 2005.
Donald is a member of NAfME, ACDA, AOSA, OAKE, NEA, at their local affiliates. In addition to teaching, he is a professional choral musician, currently serving as tenor section leader at St.Dunstan’s Episcopal Church in McLean, Virginia. He is also a music education consultant for the Beech Grove City Schools in Indiana.