Educator and manager with 15 years of experience in higher education.
Experienced in program design, curriculum development, organizing and implementing
Track record of working effectively with faculty, student, staff, administrative, and community groups.
Created and taught successful workshops as well as online and in-person classes.
Ten years of experience directing the Jack Stone Award for New Music, including budget, travel, communications, recruitment, and advertising.
Centralia College, Assistant Professor of Music - 2015 -
Adjunct Instructor, Physical Education Department - 2015
Northwest Vista College
Associate Professor of music 2011 - 2014
Assitant Professor of music 2007 - 2011
Adjunct Instructor of Kinesiology and Humanities - 2006 - 2014
Instructor of music 2003 - 2007
Adjunct instructor of music 2002 - 2003
Curriculum developer and lead instructor for the Music Theory and Aural Skills sequence as well as Music Fundamentals.
Taught group and private piano and composition. Designed the digital piano lab and selected pianos for the music department. Served on the planning committee for the Palmetto Center for the Arts.
Designer for online sections of Music Fundamentals and Music Appreciation
Sole Pilates Instructor from 2011 - 2014. Taught Core Conditioning for Dancers fall 2013
Designed both the on-campus and online versions of Humanities 1315, a course that incorporates the study of music, visual art, dance, drama, literature and film
Advised students and saw many through to successful transfers to 4-year institutions
Created the Jack Stone Award for New Music, now in its sixth year. Past winners have successfully completed graduate degrees in composition, scored films, and much more.
Directed concert choir from 2002 until 2004
University of Texas at Austin
November 2006 - May 2007
Developed brand new course in collaboration with Dean of School of Music and another graduate assistant
Researched and located reading materials for course
Facilitated online learning and instruction and conducted break out sections.
United States Peace Corps, Namibia
August 1998 - November 2000
Lower Primary teacher Trainer
Tutored teachers to successful completion of correspondence certification programs,
Facilitated over 150 workshops on learner centered education and critical thinking.
Yale School of Music
September 1996 - May 1998
Taught composition as a secondary instrument, Graduate Aural skills teaching assistant
At Centralia College:
Faculty Senate secretary (2018-2019); Diversity Committee (2015 - present); Faculty Tenure Committee (2018-2019); External Scholarship Review Committee (2017 - present); Pro Musica Advisor (2015 - present)
Chair, Music, Fine Arts, Drama, Speech Communications and Media Studies, 2018- 2019
Hiring committees: Drama Faculty, Director of Foundation
At Northwest Vista College:
Grade Appeals committee (2013 - 2014); Promotion Appeals committee (2012 - 2014);
Faculty Senate (Senator 2013 - 2014; President 2011- 2012; Vice President, 2010 - 2011; Secretary, 2009 - 2010; Parliamentarian, 2008 - 2009); Performance Excellence
Team (2010 - 2011); Friends of the Arts at NVC (FANS) board (2010 - 2014); Fine and
Performing Arts Committee (Chair, 2010 -2011; member 2006 - 2010); Honors
Committee (2009 - 2010); Travel Committee (2008 - 2010); Leadership Development
Team (2008 ?- 2009); Writing Across the Curriculum (2004 - 2014); Facilities Planning
(2004 - 2006 ); Women's History Month (2003); Bright Ideas (2003 - 2004); Hiring
Committees: Humanities, Drama, Music; Recreational Sports and Wellness (2005-2006)
Other relevant experience:
Composer in the Schools program, Society for New Music, 2014-2015
Owner and instructor, Eastside Pilates, 2015 - present; Barre instructor, Focus Fitness, 2016 - present, Barre and Pilates Instructor, South Sound YMCA, 2016 - present; Owner and lead instructor, Three Anchors Studio, Baldwinsville, NY 2014-2015; Pilates Instructor, Gold's Gym, San Antonio, TX 2011 - 2014; Pilates Instructor, D.R. Semmes YMCA, San Antonio, TX 2011 - 2014
AP Music Theory Reader 2010 - 2016
Awards and Grants:
Apple Orange Pair commissioning project, 2011 - 2012
Yale AlumniVentures grant, 2009
Judith Lang Zaimont Award, IAWM 2008 (Witch Hunt)
University of Texas at Austin Dean's list, Fall 2006, Spring/Summer 2007
"Untitled" (lithograph) selected for Tippecanoe (County) Arts Federation Juried Exhibit,
Jan. 11-Feb. 12, 2002
Frances E. Osborne Kellogg Memorial Prize, 1998
Irving S. Gilmore Fellowship Recipient, 1996-98
Publications and Presentations:
"Mixed and Flipped: Integrating Aural Skills, Sight Singing, and Music Theory in the modern college classroom" Lightning talk, presented at 2017 College Music Society National Conference, San Antonio, TX
"Two Dolphin Interludes" in Made in SA, a collection of student piano pieces by composers from the Composers Alliance of San Antonio
May, S. Beth. "Three Pieces for Horn and Harp" on Seeds . Apple Orange Pair, 2013
May, S. Beth. Music Fundamentals: An Introduction (Kendall Hunt, 2nd revised edition 2013)
May, S. Beth. "Real Music Appreciation for the 21st Century: the use of Student-Submitted YouTube Videos in Online Music Appreciation Class" Proceedings, Cultural Diversity in Music Education conference 2010 (Sydney, Australia)
Henderson, D.L. and J.P. May. Exploring Culturally Diverse Children's Literature: Learning to Listen in New Ways. S. Beth May, Illustrator. Boston: Allyn and Bacon, 2005
Huber, Sara and S. Beth May, editors. Esiku Limwe. S. Beth May, illustrator. Windhoek, Namibia: Gamsberg Macmillan Publishers, 2000.
University of Texas at Austin
Doctorate of Musical Arts in Composition
Dissertation: Iridescence - concerto for oboe and orchestra.
Composition studies with Bruce Pennycook, Yevgeniy Sharlat, Russell Pinkston and Dan
Yale University School of Music
Master of Music in Composition
Composition Studies with Martin Bresnick, Bun-Ching Lam, and Anthony Davis.
Computer Music Studies with Jack Vees.
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Bachelor of Music in Composition
Graduated with high honors
Composition studies with Zack Browning, Erik Lund, Paul Zonn, and Sever Tipei.
Workshops and Conferences Attended
The Walden School Teacher Training Institute, 2010 and 2011 - Dublin, New Hampshire
Cultural Diversity in Music Education conference 2010 - Sydney, Australia
College Music Society Summer Institute on the Pedagogy of World Music Theory (2005) - Boulder, CO
Faculty development, Critical Thinking, Cooperative Learning - Northwest Vista College, 2002 - 2006
Regional Teacher Training Workshops, Ongwediva College - Oshakati, Namibia, 1998 - 2000
Society for New Music, board member
American Society of Composers and Publishers (ASCAP)
Society of Composers, Inc (SCI)
American Music Center (AMC)
Music Teachers National Association (MTNA)
Composers Alliance of San Antonio (CASA).