Yamaha 40 under 40 Outstanding Music Educator

Band Director at Jeaga Middle Named One of Yamaha’s “40 Under 40” Outstanding Music Educators
Posted on 02/15/2022
Jeaga Band Director Alain Goindoo directing bandAlain Goindoo, the Director of Bands at Jeaga Middle School, is among a select group of music educators chosen out of hundreds of nominations from students, parents, other teachers and administrators, local instrument dealers, and mentors, for Yamaha’s “40 Under 40” list. One nomination letter described Goindoo as a nurturer who is credited with putting children on a positive, completely alternate trajectory, thanks to music.

“I am humbled and encouraged to be selected as one of Yamaha's 40 under 40 in the United States. I am so grateful, however it's not just about me, it's us as a community of educators,” Goindoo said. “Palm Beach County has an amazing group of music educators who are always willing to help, give advice, and support each other and they have been very supportive to me and our students.”

Yamaha launched the "40 Under 40" music education advocacy program to celebrate and recognize outstanding music educators who are making a difference by growing and strengthening their music programs.

Alain Goindoo, Jeaga Middle School Director of BandsGoindoo is in his 15th year of teaching, a career choice that interested him back when he was still a student at Dreyfoos School of the Arts. His family always encouraged his interest in music, as did his music teachers who nurtured his talents as he grew up, and his undergraduate professors at Florida State University.

In addition to his role at Jeaga Middle, Goindoo serves as the Executive Director of Hope Symphony Inc., which provides access to music, tools, and resources to children and families from communities in need. The Hope Symphony Summer Band Camp was established in 2017 and serves approximately 100 Title I students.

Students at the camp receive music lessons from qualified instructors, free food, method books, and equipment. They engage in successful learning on a college campus with their peers, and the camp experience plants the idea in the students’ minds that the pursuit of higher education is a reality and something they can achieve.

“I wanted to bring hope for the future and level the playing field,” Goindoo said. “Hope Symphony brings together a village of difference-makers who provide essential resources, equipment, personnel, camps, and life-changing opportunities that would otherwise pass by these children due to lack of access. The purpose of the camp is to promote more than music proficiency — the camp generates excitement for learning and gives hope for their future one note at a time.”

Goindoo has raised more than $380,000 in grants to support music education. He works diligently outside of school hours to write grants, raise awareness, and build community relationships with parents, local universities, city and county officials, as well as nonprofit organizations to meet the needs of children.

His hard work and dedication at his school and with Hope Symphony helps create a safe space for students to learn and grow. It also sets an example, giving his students valuable lessons that they will carry with them for years to come.

“The main things I want students to remember is to never give up, believe in themselves, how to work hard, and to fulfill their commitments,” Goindoo said. “My hope is that they will continue their music education into high school and pursue college for anything they dream of pursuing.”

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