May 5, 2016

Graduate Assistants


Arris Golden

Arris Golden is currently pursuing the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Wind Conducting at Michigan State University (MSU), where she serves an active role teaching and assisting with all aspects of the band program in the College of Music. Prior to enrolling at MSU, Ms. Golden taught for 18 years in North Carolina, where she was the Director of Bands at West Cary Middle School (Cary), Hawfields Middle School (Mebane) and most recently Gravelly Hill Middle School (Efland).

Ms. Golden received her Bachelor of Music Education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her Master of Music Education degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Her professional affiliations include the National Association for Music Education, the North Carolina Music Educators Association, the North Carolina Bandmasters Association, and the College Band Directors National Association.

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Daniel Kirk

Daniel Kirk is currently pursuing the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Wind Conducting at Michigan State University, where he is actively involved in teaching and assisting all aspects of the band program in the College of Music. Before returning for graduate study in conducting, Kirk served as Director of Bands at Blue Valley West High School in Overland Park, Kansas.

A native of Emporia, Kansas, Kirk received his Bachelor of Music Education and Piano Performance degrees at Missouri Western State University (2007) and his Master of Music degree in wind conducting from Northwestern University (2015). He credits mentors Dr. Mallory Thompson (conducting), Dr. David Bennett (piano), and Jane Wheat (piano). Kirk has professional affiliations with the College Band Directors National Association and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.

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Alex Smith

Alex Smith is currently pursuing the Master of Music degree in Percussion Performance and the Master of Arts degree in Musicology/Ethnomusicology at Michigan State University. He is a teaching assistant for the percussion department, percussion methods, and non-major lessons. Prior to coming to Michigan State, Smith received his undergraduate degree in Percussion Performance from East Carolina University.

A native of Winston-Salem, NC, Smith is heavily involved as an educator in the marching activity as he currently works with both Okemos High School and Olivet High School; he has also instructed Craven Indoor, the Eastside Fury, and the East Carolina University Drumline. Along with his continuing studies at MSU, Alex is also interested in the music of the world having studied in both Brazil and Ghana.

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Jared Staub

Jared Staub is currently pursuing the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Wind Conducting at Michigan State University, where he is actively involved in teaching and assisting all aspects of the band program in the College of Music. Prior to coming to MSU, Staub served for six years as Director of Bands at Lakeland High School in LaGrange, Indiana, and also taught instrumental music in public and private schools in the greater Chicago area.

A native of Bristol, Connecticut, Staub received his Bachelor of Music Education degree at Central Connecticut State University, and his Master of Music degree in wind conducting from the University of Kentucky. He has professional affiliations with the College Band Directors National Association and The College Music Society.

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Steven Wulff

Steven Wulff is currently pursuing his Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in Percussion Performance at Michigan State University. He is a teaching assistant with the percussion department, helping to teach percussion ensemble and non-major lessons. His previous degrees are from Michigan State University (BM) and the University of South Carolina (MM), both in Percussion Performance.

A native of Holt, Michigan, Steven is an active music educator and performer. He currently works with Holt High School and Grand Ledge High School and is adjunct faculty at Albion College, where he instructs the British Eighth Drumline and the Albion Percussion Ensemble. Steven has also worked with Legends Drum & Bugle Corps and Palmetto Percussion.

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