High School Music Teacher
Mainland Regional HS School District
Linwood, New Jersey
Freshmen Concert Band
Guitar I, II, III, IV
Music Technology I
Technology in Freshman Seminar
Marching Band (2011-2016)
Jazz Prep Band (2011-2016)
The Pennsylvania State University
-Bachelor of Music Education
-Minor in Music Technology
music, playing trumpet, running, hockey, anything Penn State, college football, all areas of technology
Derek Rohaly earned his bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the Pennsylvania State University in 2010 where he studied trumpet under Dr. Langston Fitzgerald III and completed a minor in Music Technology.
Mr. Rohaly began his career immediately after graduation in Quakertown, Pennsylvania teaching elementary band, general music, and high school jazz band in the Quakertown Community School District. The following year, he became a band director for Mainland Regional High School in Linwood, New Jersey where he remains an established music educator today. In his time at Mainland Regional High School, he has taught concert band, all levels of beginning through advanced keyboard and guitar, music theory, and freshman seminar in technology. To serve Mainland Regional’s growing interest in music, he recently spearheaded the development of the school’s first music technology class from course proposals, budgeting projections, curriculum development, and implementation.
In additional to his school-day responsibilities, Mr. Rohaly contributes a significant amount of his time with extracurricular groups like jazz band, pit orchestra, & guitar ensemble. In his five years of directing the marching band, he has led the Mainland Band to a TOB New Jersey State Championship in 2014 & 2015 and consistently earned top tier placements at state and regional contests.
Music technology has always been a passion for Mr. Rohaly and his teaching practices have spurred invitations to lead professional development sessions for district employees in the Quakertown and Linwood communities. In 2013, he applied and became a Google Glass “Explorer” as one of a handful of music educators in the world using Google Glass in the music classroom. He has experimented with using 1st person perspective video capturing in the music classroom for student monitoring, student assessment, classroom activity documentation, and teacher reflection. Even though Google recently discontinued the Explorer Program, he continues to use Google Glass as an assessment tool for students and to capture teaching moments in his classroom.
As a music educator, Mr. Rohaly finds it extremely important to continually perform as a musician. Aside from his annual participation in the pit orchestra for Mainland’s musicals, he performs in the trumpet section of the South Jersey Area Wind Ensemble.