Music at Northwood

Welcome to Northwood Academy Charter School's Music Program. Here, you can find curriculum and homework information for each grade's music class, and, when available, information regarding ensembles and other musical activities.

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About Mr. Hemsley


Thanks for visiting the Northwood CS Music Program's site. I'm extremely excited to be in my first year here at Northwood. I hope to get to know you better through class, meetings, over the phone, or email. In the meantime, let me tell you a little about my self.


  • I graduated Berklee College of Music with a bachelors in music education. My principal instrument was drum set and percussion.
  • I graduated from Boston University with a masters in music education.
  • I spent the summer of 2010 studying composition in Paris, with some of Europe's best composers from the Conservatory at Fontainebleau.

Teaching: I've been teaching music since 2007. I've taught grades preK-12, and am happy to be here working with grades K-8. I've taught music from just about every angle; band, orchestra, classroom music, choir, etc.. It is my desire to grow Northwood's music program to include as many opportunities as possible for students to participate.

Musician: I had my first lesson at age of six, but didn't take up the drums until the fourth grade. My experience was limited to school until college, when I began to perform. Aside from playing percussion and drum set, I often conduct professionally either in a concert band/orchestra setting, or in a musical theater setting. I also compose my own music (with premiers in both Boston, MA, and Paris, FR), and arrange music for specific ensembles.

I hope this has given you a brief snapshot into my life. Thanks again for reading!

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