"Mr. Ficocelli is an extremely bright and creative teacher. He is tireless in helping children learn, highly intelligent with an independence of thought that has helped the school in many ways. He is an effective, self-confident communicator who has concern for others, as well as the energy to work hard. His emotional integrity, sense of fair play, leadership ability and organizational skills has made him an informed leader at school. He exemplifies honor, truthfulness, balance judgment and active responsibility."--- Dario Valcarcel, Jr., Ed.D. Former Superintendent of Glen Rock Public Schools, NJ
"What took place on August 10th was due, in great part, to you and your creative genius with music. I rarely use the word genius in relationship to anything, but there just isn´t another word to describe the talent you have and are willing to share with others. What you did for the production cannot be described with words."—Chuck Hauser, Principal at High Meadows Treatment Center, Hamden, CT
"It isn´t very often that one finds a skillful, dedicated, devoted and talented person such as yourself. Your love and care for young people has been repeatedly demonstrated by the many wonderful and excellent musical activities that you´ve developed for them. You always were there, with a suggestion, a smile and a tireless enthusiasm for the job to be done. Without you, we certainly would be at a loss."---Gloria Guzman, Assistant Principal, P.S. 9, Bronx, NY
"Mr. Ficocelli, a gifted musician and songwriter, is a talented and creative professional educator, able to motivate and accomplish musical wonders with the children entrusted to his care. Whether it is with musical presentations within our school, community or district, Mr. Ficocelli is always a leader, a contributor, a motivator and advocate for excellence. I strongly recommend Michael Ficocelli for the Principal´s Pride of Music Award."---Charles Celauro, Principal, P.S. 9, Bronx, NY
"I really think you have written a very beautiful and meaningful song. You have done a terrific job. Keep up your excellent work. I know the teachers at the school really appreciate the great work you are doing."---Abe Levine, Former Vice President, United Federation of Teachers, NY, NY in reference to ´Showing Us The Way.´
• Master of Science-Music Education (K-12 Certification) Concentration: Theory and Composition University of Bridgeport, CT • Bachelor of Arts-PhilosophyBoston University • Piano and Music Theory Instruction Samuel Yaffe, New Haven, CT. Four years. Jane M. Jones, East Haven, CT. Five years. • Additional Administrative course workMercy College, Dobbs Ferry, NY • Jazz Workshop (Piano) Housatonic Community College, Bridgeport, CT Instructor: Sonny Costanzo • Songwriters Guild (Songwriting Workshop) New York, NY. Four years. Instructor: Bob Leone • BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop New York, NY. Four years. Instructor: Maury Yeston
• Glen Rock Middle School (tenured, present employment) Glen Rock, NJ. Music Teacher for grades 6, 7 and 8. Responsibilities include the Exploratory Arts Program where music lessons are integrated with Dance, Drama and Visual Arts Programs. Students compose and perform original songs, learn to play the guitar. The 8th Grade Chorus performs at five functions a year including Winter and Spring Concerts. They also participate in a Broadway Master-class given by Broadway Performers. • Richard E. Byrd Elementary School, Coleman Elementary School and Central Elementary School (tenured) Glen Rock, NJ. Music Teacher for grades K-6. Responsibilities included General Music, Recorder Instruction, Band Direction and Instruction, Chorus Direction and Instruction, Stage and Music Direction of School Plays. • Public School 9 Elementary School, District 10 (tenured) Bronx, NY. Music Teacher for grades K-6. Responsibilities included General Music, Vocal Music, Instrumental Music. 6th Grade Chorus performed at Lincoln Center and Lehman College through a Multicultural Outreach Program. • The Learning Center Englewood Cliffs, NJ. Music Teacher for grades K-6 and special needs students. Responsibilities included General Music, Vocal Music and Music Therapy. • Music on the Move New City, New York. Band Instructor for Parochial Schools throughout New York State (Counties of Rockland and Westchester) Responsibilities included group instruction for brass, woodwind, percussion and string instruments. • Piano Instructor Gave private piano lessons throughout Rockland County, NY for a period of four years. Over fifty students. • High Meadows Treatment Center Hamden, CT. Child Care Worker. Four years. Created guitar and recorder workshops for patients at the facility. Organized trip to a Broadway show. Composed the music to a large Musical Theatre Production involving all patients and staff at the institution. • Bergen County Teen Arts Festival Bergen Community College, Paramus, NJ. Three years. Workshop Presenter: "Lyrics and Music for Song." "Lyric Writing." Advisory Committee: Responsible for selecting workshop presenters for the Arts. • Pomona Cultural Center Pomona, NY. Workshop presenter: "Beginning Songwriting Workshop." • Ramapo College, Berrie Center Mahwah, NJ. "Ignite the Spirit": A conference on Education and the Arts. Presented Songwriting Workshop and performed excerpts from original musical, ISAAC´S WINDOW. • New Jersey YMHA-YWHA Camps Fairfield, NJ. Workshop Presenter: Introduction to MIDI and Music Sequencing. • BOCES, New Rochelle High School New Rochelle, NY Workshop Presenter: "Lyric Writing and Composing for Musical Theatre."
• MENC • NJEA
• Nominated for the PRINCIPAL´S PRIDE OF MUSIC Public School 9, Bronx, NY. Two consecutive years.