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Mackenzie Caccamo

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I am currently an undergraduate student at the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam, where I major in Music Education with a concentration in voice. Although I'm a vocal student, I know how to play a variety of instruments; piano, guitar, oboe, clarinet, and saxophone, and love being surrounded by all things music. I teach voice and general music lessons to children, and I want to continue a career in music education and performance after graduation.

Education

SUNY College at Potsdam

Bachelor's degree program
2023 - 2027
  • Majors:
    • Education, Other
    • Music

Miscellaneous

  • Desired degree level:

    Master's degree program

  • Graduate schools of interest:

  • Transfer schools of interest:

  • Majors of interest:

  • Not planning to go to medical school
  • Career

    • Dream career field:

      Education

    • Dream career goals:

      Music Teacher

    • Student Ambassador

      SUNY Potsdam
      2024 – Present7 months
    • Summer Camp Counselor

      Onondaga Parks and Recreation
      2021 – 20221 year
    • Teacher

      Music Lessons
      2023 – Present1 year
    • Front End Associate

      Wegmans
      2020 – Present4 years

    Sports

    Tennis

    Varsity
    2020 – 20222 years

    Arts

    • Crane Opera Ensemble

      Music
      Opera a la Carte, Les Mis(ish), Computing Venus
      2023 – Present
    • OCMEA

      Music
      Junior High All-County Chorus, Senior High All-County Chorus, Area All-State Treble Choir, Senior High All-County Jazz Chorus
      2020 – 2023
    • Westhill Masquers Club

      Theatre
      Bye Bye Birdie, Mamma Mia!, The Addams Family
      2020 – 2023
    • Westhill Drama Club

      Acting
      Larceny and Old Lace, Greek Mythology: Olympiaganza!, Left to Our Own Devices
      2020 – 2023

    Public services

    • Volunteering

      Westhill Music Department Band Camp — Counselor
      2022 – 2023
    • Volunteering

      Samaritan Center — Serving food, cleaning
      2022 – 2023

    Future Interests

    Advocacy

    Volunteering

    Audrey Sherrill & Michael D'Ambrisi Music Scholarship
    Winner
    From a young age, music has been a guiding force in my life, thanks in no small part to the incredible music educators who have shaped my journey. Even though I grew up in a music-loving household, it wasn't until eighth grade that I truly understood my calling to pursue music as a lifelong passion and career. In middle school I encountered Mrs. Tompkins, our music director, whose impact on me was nothing short of transformative. Mrs. Tompkins wasn't just a teacher; she was a beacon of kindness and inspiration who had the remarkable ability to draw out the best in everyone around her. Even students who initially felt compelled to join chorus against their will soon found themselves singing with genuine enthusiasm, thanks to Mrs. Tompkins' infectious passion for music. Tragically, Mrs. Tompkins' life was cut short by ALS in April of 2021, leaving behind a void that can never be filled. Yet, her legacy of compassion and dedication lives on in the countless lives she touched, mine included. It was Mrs. Tompkins who sparked my desire to pursue music education, particularly with a concentration in voice. Her unwavering belief in the power of music to uplift and unite people inspired me to follow in her footsteps. The decision to major in Music Education was not merely a career choice; it was a heartfelt tribute to Mrs. Tompkins and all she stood for. As I embark on this journey, I am filled with excitement at the prospect of one day having students of my own, whom I can impact in the same profound way that my teachers impacted me. Each day, I am reminded of Mrs. Tompkins' enduring influence, and I am committed to carrying her spirit with me as I strive to create a nurturing and inspiring environment for future generations of music lovers, and I know she is so proud of me. When Henry Wadsworth Longfellow coined the phrase "Music is the universal language of mankind," he likely meant that music has the extraordinary ability to transcend cultural, linguistic, and societal barriers, speaking directly to the human soul in a beautiful and unique way. Regardless of one's background, upbringing, or language, music has the power to evoke strong emotions, convey messages, and forge connections on an intense level. In today's world, Longfellow's claim remains as relevant as ever. In an increasingly globalized society where diversity is celebrated and communication takes many forms, music serves as a unifying force that brings people together across geographical and cultural divides. Whether it's through the rhythms of a drum circle, the harmonies of a choir, or the melodies of a symphony orchestra, music has the unique ability to foster understanding, empathy, and shared experiences among individuals from diverse walks of life. In my vision for making a positive impact through my music career, I see several ways to achieve this. I want to inspire the next generation; as a music educator, my primary goal would be to inspire and empower the next generation of musicians. Through passionate teaching and guidance, I aim to ignite a love for music in my students, encouraging them to explore their creativity and develop their talents to the fullest. And, I want to foster an inclusive and diverse community; I believe in creating an inclusive and welcoming environment in the music classroom, where students from all backgrounds feel valued and respected. By incorporating diverse musical styles and traditions into the curriculum, I can expose students to a wide range of cultures and perspectives, fostering empathy and understanding.