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Profiles in Teaching with Technology

S4 E8: Mark Corey


Mark Corey has a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education and a Masters Degree in Music Performance from DePaul University. His first appearance at the Midwest Clinic was during high school when he performed with the DePaul Vincentian Trombone Choir under the direction of Mark McDunn. Mark Corey’s other teachers at DePaul University included Dr. Edward Kocher,  CSO trombonist Charles Vernon and Jazz Icon Joe Daley. He began his teaching career in Lyons, IL teaching a complete band program for grades 4-8.  After teaching in Lyons for 4 years, Mark Corey moved to Addison Trail High School where he is now the chair for the Art and Music Departments. During his 27 year tenure at Addison Trail, enrollment in the band has nearly tripled and has added 2 curricular Jazz Ensembles. Addison Trail ensembles under his direction have performed at numerous festivals and venues across the United States. 


Along with teaching at Addison Trail, he also teaches a music education course in integrating technology with music instruction at Elmhurst University. He has served his own school district and neighboring districts as a consultant, facilitator and trainer for integrating curriculum design with the internet, developing online content to supplement the traditional classroom experience. Mark Corey has been a consultant with the Make Music Company on the development and integration of its Smartmusic assessment and accompaniment software with performing class curricula. He has written his own band method integrating materials from several sources to deliver a sequential series of units for developing technique in an ensemble class using Smartmusic. He has been awarded the Chicagoland Outstanding Music Educator Award and is a member of NAfME, ILMEA and NBA.


Mark Corey has also enjoyed a career as a freelance musician. His performing credits include numerous local engagements as a sideman for many varying bands. He has played with Nelson Riddle, Curtis Mayfield, Tony Bennett, Natalie Cole and Aretha Franklin.  Mark Corey’s recording credits include various jingles including national campaigns for GM, Electronic Arts, and Tropicana to name a few. He has been recorded and featured as a jazz musician with several bands on the Sea Breeze and One Too Tree  Labels. 


Mark Corey has served the Illinois Music Education association as audition and festival host,  District Band Representative, District President and as State President. During his time on the ILMEA Board of directors he oversaw a complete rewrite of ILMEA policies, the adoption of new learning standards in music and an expansion of ILMEA’s professional and student programming. He currently serves the association as the All State Auditions Chair.

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