Developing Professionals

Jerald Shelato

Jerald Shelato teaches in the Champaign (IL) Unit #4 Schools, where he is the Director of Bands at Jefferson Middle School and teaches beginning fifth grade band at Robeson and Westview Elementary Schools. He has served as a cooperating teacher for student teachers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) and from Eastern Illinois University, and currently hosts pre-student teaching practicum undergraduate students from UIUC. In his 17 years as a public school teacher, Mr. Shelato has directed bands at all levels, including concert, jazz, and athletic bands, and has also taught high school class guitar. Mr. Shelato holds the B.S. in Music Education and the Master of Music Education degrees from the UIUC, where he has also completed coursework in the doctoral program in music education. He has performed on tuba in numerous UIUC ensembles, in the avant-jazz group Ear Doctor, and in the Champaign Brass and the Aduro Brass quintets. He is a tenor and cantor in the choir of the Episcopal Chapel of St. John the Divine on the campus of UIUC. He and his wife, Piper, are proud parents of a daughter and a son.

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