Brendan Goodwin is a third-year music education major at Keene State College.  Brendan started taking piano lessons at the age of seven under the instruction of Dr. Richard Mueller in Willington, Connecticut. After picking up the trumpet in elementary school, he then transitioned to the euphonium and the trombone, as well as various styles of singing. He is currently planning to teach in public schools in New England.

Brendan was raised in Stafford Springs, Connecticut, in a small house with his parents and brother. He enjoyed camping and hiking, which prompted him to join the Boy Scouts of America, which he pursued until completion of the Eagle Scout Award in 2015. He spent much time in high school performing in various bands, choirs, and musical theatre. His involvement led to him earning the John Phillip Sousa award. He graduated Stafford High School in 2015.

Brendan was the music director for Keene State’s acapella group, Chock Full O’ Notes for 2 years, and arranged and recording multiple covers during his time there. HIs work with the group with very influential in his choice to continue pursuing music education. His favorite types of music stem from a few influences. After growing up listening to primarily classic rock with his father, Brendan’s taste needed guitar and drums, so he fell in love with punk and ska for his early years. He was exposed to hip hop for the first time in college, and quickly found his new favorite type of music. This, combined with his love for horn bands, jazz, and jam bands such as Phish, Dopapod, and Lettuce, resulted in the eclectic taste he now has.

After taking a trip to Uganda and Rwanda in May 2017, Brendan has a newfound appreciation for world music, and the transformative power music has to bring people around the world together. His philosophy of teaching is based around his belief that music is indeed the universal language, understood by any and all people.

Brendan at a village near Lake Mutanda, Uganda.

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