Dan Kinsman
education & outreach partner

In 2011, Dan began collaborating with Really Inventive Stuff.  His experience as a public school music educator, arts administrator and performing musician contribute to the creative, relevant and practical resources he develops for family and educational programming.

Dan currently teaches PreK-8 general and instrumental music in New Haven, Connecticut.  Throughout his career Dan has specialized in working with diverse, urban and international students and families.  The 800+ students he teaches represent over 50 nationalities from around the world with more than a dozen native languages being spoken by students at home.  He has also taught at the high school level in the Los Lunas public schools in rural New Mexico.  

Prior to his current teaching position, Dan served as the Education Director for the New Haven Symphony Orchestra.  He also performed professionally on Tuba with the 2005-06 National Tour of the Broadway show “Blast!”  

In the fall of 2014 Dan was recognized as a recipient of the Morris and Irmgard Wessel Foundation’s “Unsung Hero” award for his work with immigrant and refugee students in New Haven.

Dan completed his undergraduate work in Music Education at University of Massachusetts in Amherst, and earned his Master’s Degree in Music Education from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.  His further educational pursuits have taken him as far as West Africa where he studied traditional African drumming.

~Bio as of August 2019


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