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  • Steven Breffitt, Student Teacher Supervisor

    Student Teacher Supervisor
    University of Delaware
    Amy E. du Pont Music Building
    Newark, DE 19716

    Biography

    ​​Steven W. Breffitt works with the Department of Music as a student teacher supervisor. Mr. Breffitt has served as a cooperating teacher for more than 20 student teachers from University of Delaware, and his program served annually as a host for the MUED 379 Teaching Methods class.

    Mr. Breffitt is a graduate of Millersville University with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with a music concentration. He continued to study percussion at UD, where he also completed requirements for K-12 music and K-12 principal certification and earned a Master of Education in Educational Leadership. He spent 35 years in Delaware’s Colonial School District as a middle-school band director, summer-school administrator and fifth-grade teacher. In 1985, Mr. Breffitt was selected as the Colonial School District Teacher of the Year.

    In addition to directing the Gunning Bedford Middle School band program, which included almost 250 students, Mr. Breffitt served as department chairman, a member of the Building Achievement Team and as a mentor to many teachers of a variety of subjects, including music. While in the Colonial School District, Mr. Breffitt served on the District Achievement Team, and created and/or coordinated various district music activities, including the District Band Festival, Band Day, curriculum development, a variety of in-service activities and numerous instrument bids and purchases. Many of Mr. Breffitt’s students have earned All-State honors, and numerous Gunning Bedford Band members have gone on to major in music and become band directors, including his replacement at the school. Mr. Breffitt has been active in the Delaware Music Educators Association as All-State Junior Band chairman, All-State Senior Band chairman and as a presenter at the State Music Day. Since retiring from the Colonial School District in 2006, he has spent several years as a private school band director and served as a guest clinician for numerous school bands/directors as well as an adjudicator for various festivals.

     In addition to teaching music and performing, Mr. Breffitt has coached more than 30 season of various sports, including football at William Penn High School in New Castle, Del., and he has been a competitive swimming official for more than 20 years for the High School Federation, NCAA, USA Swimming, the YMCA and various recreational swim leagues in New Castle County.


 

 

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  • Department of Music
  • Amy E. du Pont Music Building
  • University of Delaware
  • Newark, DE 19716, USA
  • Phone: 302-831-2578
  • ud-music@udel.edu