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James M. DesJardins

James M. DesJardins teaches music in the Frontier CSD. He holds certifications in Orff-Schulwerk and Music Learning Theory, and he is a registered Music Together teacher. Mr. DesJardins is highly involved in Western New York’s music education community. He has served as a board member for the Western New York Orff-Schulwerk Association and is currently the Classroom Music Festival Co-Chair for the Erie County Music Educators Association. He has adjudicated Honors Ensemble auditions for Erie and Niagara counties and has conducted Area All-State and All-County honors choruses throughout New York and Pennsylvania. He has presented for WNYOSA, at the ECMEA Classroom Music Festival, ECMEA Professional Development Conference, and at the NYSSMA Winter and Summer conferences. He has guest lectured at SUNY Fredonia. And he teaches early childhood classes through Betty’s Music Together. Mr. DesJardins remains active in many creative endeavors. He is a published composer/arranger with Carl Fischer Music and Boosey and Hawkes. He serves as composer in residence for the Buffalo Niagara Youth Chorus. He has been a church musician and soloist for nearly three decades. He offers music resources at And he enjoys exploring his city with his wife, Julienne, and their son, Luke.