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Ryan Galik

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Ryan Galik

Biography

Ryan Galik (b. March 1996, Bordentown, N.J.) is an American composer, saxophonist and teacher.

Mr. Galik received his Bachelor of Music degree in music education from The College of New Jersey (Ewing) in 2018.

He is a general elementary teacher in Lawrence, New Jersey. He works with students from Pre-K through third grade and use a curriculum that pulls from Conversational Solfége, Digital Makerspace time, and beginning instrument pedagogy. He has also worked with high school concert bands, coaching chamber ensembles, and serving as a woodwind tech for marching band.

Mr. Galik's philosophy of music relies heavily on the moment-to-moment interaction a listener or performer has with the sound; quality is entirely intrinsic, and the success of a piece lives or dies solely in the heads of those who listen. The goal is most often to provide a persuasive argument for a musical idiom less common in popular music: like aleatory, extended techniques, or even a particular dissonance.

Galik studied classical saxophone performance with Kathy Mitchell at The College of New Jersey. His most common opportunities to play come from local community bands or covering a reed book in a musical pit. He is also a jazz pianist.


Works for Winds


Resources

  • Ryan Galik, personal correspondence, December 2020
  • Ryan Galik website Accessed 29 December 2020