MEANYC Executive Board 2019-20



Patricia Peltz is a Nationally Board Certified Teacher for Music/Early Adolescence through Young Adulthood.  She earned her Master in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University and a Bachelor degree in Music Education from the University of Florida.  Patricia is currently teaching at Marine Park Jr. High-IS278 in Brooklyn.  She has served on the Curriculum Writing Team for NYC, the Brooklyn Arts Festival committee, and has her students participate in NYSSMA and All City Festivals.

Patricia taught a number of years in Florida before moving to NY and was selected as Teacher of the Year for Elementary, Middle, and High School levels.  She was instrumental in creating strong music programs at every level for her district.  She served on the board of the Florida MEA and is thrilled to be a part of this amazing team.  

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Gina has spent the last 14 years teaching general music and chorus to students in grades Pre-K through 12 in public, private, and charter schools. She received her Bachelor's in Music Education from the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College, a Master’s in Music Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, and is certified in Orff Level 1. This fall she will be graduating with a Master’s in School Building Leadership from City College of New York. She has presented workshops at the NYSSMA Winter Conference and at the 2015 NAfME Regional Conference. In 2015, she co-founded the Music Educators Collective and the City Music Educators Festival. Last year, served as the Recording Secretary and Social Media Chair of MEANYC. She is currently the President-Elect of MEANYC.

Secretary, Social Media Chair

Prior to her current position with the NYC DOE as a K-8 Music teacher at P.S.-I.S. 95 in Gravesend Brooklyn, Cristina taught music at several elementary schools in Queens and the Bronx as well as teaching special needs students at St. Christopher Ottilie. Obtaining her B.S. in Music Education at Molloy College, Cristina was accepted into the Steinhardt School of Music at New York University and received her M.S. in Music Education in 2017. Subsequent to her graduation, she began research for her article that was published in School Music News Magazine. She was invited to present her research at the ABLE Conference of Music at Berklee College conference last May.



Quinn McClure is the choral director at Civic Leadership Academy, a high school in Elmhurst, Queens. Quinn is also assistant director of The Astoria Choir, a private voice and piano teacher, NYSSMA adjudicator, Carnegie Music Educator, and provides professional development to fellow NYC teachers with the Office of Arts and Special Projects. She received her B.S. in Music Education from Hofstra University and her M.A. in Music Education from Teachers College, Columbia University.


NYSSMA Representative
Government Relations

Maria Schwab earned her Bachelor of Music (education) degree from Ithaca College, and Master of Arts (educational theater) degree from New York University.  She has taken many post-graduate courses in music education, choral music, drama and elementary education from various universities.  

She currently teachers music at P.S./M.S. 84, a Pre-K - 8 school in Astoria, where she began the program 8 years ago.  The program incorporates Little Kids Rock, the Weill Music Institute's Musical Explorers and LinkUp! programs, band, and Fourth Grade Chorus, which will be performing for the third straight year at the Empire State Plaza in Albany, NY as part of the NYSSMA "Music In Our Schools Month" activities.  Prior to teaching in Astoria, Maria taught at P.S. 150 (Sunnyside) and P.S. 83 (Manhattan); she began her teaching career at the High School level. 

Maria began the MEANYC Middle School All-County festival, now in its fifth year.  outside of 'education life', Maria is a church organist/singer in the NYC area, and sings with the NY Choral Society.  She lives in Brooklyn with her stage-hand husband, black-belt son, and dancing daughter, who all sing in harmony - Maria's favorite thing to do!

District 75 Representative
Membership Chair
MEANYC Workshop/Professional Development Co Chair

Brian received his BA and MSED in Music Education from CUNY Queens College. He is currently split between two schools in Brooklyn: PS 370K and Brooklyn School of Inquiry. He has worked with students on the elementary, middle school, and high school level, where he has worked with students who have severe special needs - in addition to students who are gifted and talented. Mr. Wagner has taught: general music, string orchestra, musical theatre, and performing arts. He will be pursuing an advanced certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders from CUNY Brooklyn College during 2019-2020.

He has presented, and co-presented workshops for: NYSSMA, NYCDOE, SCMEA, OMEA, NJMEA, CMEA, PMEA, NYSCAME, ABLE Assembly, NAfME National In-Service Conference, NAfME Biennial Eastern Division Conference, NAfME Western Division Conference, and two online webinars for NAfME. He has also presented lectures at CUNY Brooklyn College, CUNY Queens College, and NYU. In addition, he has had papers and articles published in: International Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences, School Music News, Tempo, Maryland Music Educator, Bluegrass Music News, Windsong Journal, DARTS Newsletter - in addition to four articles for NAfME’s Music in a Minuet. He has developed sessions focused on: adapting musical material for special learners, incorporating repertoire use to teach social/cognitive/interdisciplinary skills, and using repertoire to focus on social-emotional needs, adapting string orchestra for special learners, and developing behavioral supports for students with special needs in musical environments. You can check out his website at:

Brian strongly believes in mentoring younger and new teachers, especially when working with special learners. He has opened his classroom to many pre-service, and in-service educators, as well as hosted a variety of student teachers from local colleges. Brian is very pleased and proud to be serving on the MEANYC Executive Board.



Justin Fields earned his BA in Music Education from the Aaron Copland School of Music at CUNY Queens College. Justin has taught general music at PS 481, The Steam Bridge School. Currently, Justin is the director of music at Divine Mercy Parish in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, where he directs two choirs and an annual concert series. He is proud to serve as webmaster for MEANYC.



Advisory Members

Susan Davis
Richard Klingensmith
David LaMorte
Penny Prince
Elise Sobol
Michelle Turner