Director Jim Matthews
Jim Matthews, a native of Miami, Fl., graduated from Miami-Dade Community College in 1982 and then The Florida State University in 1985. He has both his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree from Florida State University. Upon graduating from FSU Jim moved to Titusville and began his 30 year career at Jackson Middle School. Under his direction the Jackson Bands continuously receive Superior Ratings. The bands have received the Florida Bandmaster’s Association Five, Ten, Fifteen, Twenty and Twenty-Five Year Superior Awards for continuous Superior ratings. He also received the Florida Bandmaster’s Oliver Hobbs Award for service to students, and to director’s at local and state level’s. Mr. Matthews has been selected as Teacher of the Year two times at his school and was a finalist for Brevard County Teacher of the Year two times. Additionally, he was selected as Teacher of the Year for two civic groups: Wal-Mart and Kiwanas Club.
Mr. Matthews has written a book for band directors to employ with their programs called The Achievement System published by Alfred Music Publishing Co. Inc. Over a thousand band programs within the U.S. and many overseas as well are employing this system. The program is based on a level system to help students achieve in playing, counting, theory and more. Jim also authored the E-Book Band Directors Guide to Principles of Musical Performance which is available on Amazon. This book focuses on practical applications of how to teach/make music in the classroom with bands.
Jim believes that strongly in mentoring at all levels. Jim now teaches teachers in Brevard County as an Instructional Coach. He visits and works with all secondary band directors in Brevard County. Additionally, Jim believes strongly in mentoring younger band directors around the state of Florida. Through previous emails and forums, he mentors several directors on various teaching topics. Through this website, it will be much easier to address topics important to teachers in everyday settings.
By conducting all-county bands, rehearsing middle and high school bands as well as college summer band programs, and conducting the Band/Wind portion of CYA – Creative Young Artists Youth Orchestra, Mr. Matthews is able to work with many teachers and students throughout the state. His philosophy is to gain new ideas by giving away all of the ideas he has received and developed over the years. This philosophy has worked well and blessed many teachers and students.
Jim is an active adjudicator for the Florida Bandmaster’s Association for Concert, Sight-reading and brass solo and ensemble events, and serves on the Adjudication Committee and the Concert Music Selection Committees for the Florida Bandmaster’s Association.
He is a member of Florida Bandmaster’s Association, Music Educator’s National Conference and Phi Beta Mu – an International Honorary Band Director’s Fraternity. He is a National Board Certified Teacher in music.