Alumni Spotlight

Meet Shannon Perrone. Shannon is a world-class percussion performer and educator living in New Jersey. She’s built a great career for herself after graduating from WP. Read her interview below to learn more about her.

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When did you attend WP, and what was your major?

I attended William Paterson from the fall of 2004 until I graduated in the spring of 2008. I majored in Music Education.

What are some of your most memorable experiences at WP?

I loved having so many solo and ensemble performance opportunities, especially as a percussion major. I learned so much in the time I was there about the rehearsal process, working with other people, and performing on my major instrument.

What are you doing in your career now?

Currently, I am teaching in the Roxbury Public Schools. I direct 8th grade band and teach percussion lessons, grades 6-12 as well as a few middle school flute lesson groups. I work on a great team of teachers who I get to co-teach with regularly, so I continue to learn so much and hopefully keep improving my own skills, as well. I am also an Assistant Director of our marching band, I co-direct Roxbury Indoor Percussion, and co-direct the Honors Band at the middle school.

How did your studies at WP prepare you for your present career?

My studies at William Paterson prepared me well on my major instrument. In my time there, I also learned the value of being flexible which is really important as a public school teacher.

Do you have any advice for music education students?

Music education students should make friends who play other instruments so you can have resources when you get out of school. Teaching in the real world is different than what you may expect and having a list of people to call for advice is key. Network in the area with current teachers, as well – it’s a small world! Finally, spend time practicing your major instrument and take as many teaching or performing opportunities as you can.

Any advice for college students in general?

Get involved in things you care about – something that will be your career path, something that may be a hobby. You never know where your path may lead!