Intermediate Division Faculty
Summer Music Academy faculty consist of current Ithaca College faculty, top music educators from across the country, and renowned guest artists.
|Michael Treat, Trumpet|
|Director of Bands, Kingston Middle Schools; M.M. and B.M., Ithaca College|
Michael Treat is a music educator, trumpet player and composer/arranger from the Hudson Valley region of New York. He grew up in Vermont before coming to Ithaca College to study music education in 2000. While at Ithaca he discovered a passion for studying and implementing the pedagogy of improvisation for young musicians. Since then, he has had a diverse teaching career working with children in young adults of all ages and in a variety of musical disciplines.
Prior to relocating to the Hudson Valley, Michael directed the music program at the EAC Montessori School of Ithaca. While in Ithaca, Michael and his students were invited to present to the Ithaca College Music Education Seminar as well as for CMENC workshops in improvisation. He worked with Ithaca College student teachers and directed a jazz ensemble in Syracuse as part of the Signature Syracuse program.
After completing his M.M. at Ithaca College in 2007, Michael moved to the Hudson Valley to teach in the Kingston City Schools in Kingston, NY. He currently works in the Kingston Middle Schools directing bands and teaching brass instruments. He also directs jazz ensembles and student combos at the both the middle and high school level. In recent years he has presented practices for teaching improvisation for the Ulster County Music Educators co-directed the Kingston Jazz Invitational. He is sought out as a private trumpet instructor and served nine years as a brass and jazz ensemble director at the Signature Music Camp.
As a performer, Michael co-leads the jazz quintet “The Jazz Instructors” and plays with the “ARCJG5” jazz quintet in New York City. He has performed at the Blue Note and Iridium Jazz Club. He has played with premier ensembles such as the Greater New York Wind Symphony, and Hudson Valley Jazz Orchestra. He has previously been a member of the Swamp College Brass Quintet, Music Director for the Ti-Ahwaga Community Players and played with Ithaca Ageless Jazz Band in Aruba. He currently plays in a variety of freelance settings from brass quintets to pit orchestras.
In addition to his passion for playing and teaching music, Michael is an active outdoorsman and triathlete.