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Michael D. Stone earned the B.A. in Music Education/Performance and the M.Ed. in Education from University of California, Los Angeles. Mr. Stone serves as the Visual and Performing Arts Coordinator for the Bakersfield City School District. As the arts administrator for the district, he oversees arts programs at 31 elementary schools, 6 middle schools, and 2 junior high schools. Prior to assuming this position, Mr. Stone served for over 14 years as instrumental music teacher at Chipman Junior High School, also in the Bakersfield City School District.
Chipman bands and orchestras consistently earned Unanimous Superior Ratings at California Music Educators Association (CMEA) ratings festivals during his tenure. Chipman ensembles performed at the state conferences of CMEA and California Band Directors Association (CBDA). Mr. Stone was featured in the January 1999 issue of The Instrumentalist Magazine, and has written several articles for the magazine since that time. During the summer of 1998, he was awarded the prestigious "Fellowship in Music Education" at Northwestern University. In March of 2009, Mr. Stone served as an Online Mentor for the Music Educators National Conference National Council of Supervisors of Music Education. In 2016, Mr. Stone authored a blog post entitled “Mentoring New Music Educators for Lifelong Success in the Profession” for the National Association for Music Education, or NAfME.
Under his leadership, Bakersfield City School District was named a 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018 Best Community for Music Education by the National Association of Music Merchants. The District’s Music In Our Schools Week instrumental music recruitment program received a 2014 Golden Bell Award of the California School Boards Association, the only from Kern County. In October of 2015, Mr. Stone was recognized by the Arts Council of Kern as its Outstanding Arts Educator at its Accomplishments Awards Gala.
Mr. Stone is a Past President of CMEA, California Band Directors Association (CBDA), CMEA Central Section, and the Kern County Music Educators Association (KCMEA), and currently serves as the Western Division Representative on the NAfME Council of Music Program Leaders, appointed by NAfME President Denese Odegaard in 2016, and as the Music Supervisors Representative on the CMEA State Council. Mr. Stone has also served in an adjunct capacity at California State University, Bakersfield, teaching instrumental music methods to undergraduates. He holds active memberships in many professional organizations, including The National Association for Music Education, CBDA, CMEA, KCMEA, and Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association. He was inducted into the American School Band Directors Association in 2001. Mr. Stone is a euphoniumist and trombonist, and is a founding member of the Bakersfield Winds, a symphonic wind ensemble.
Active as an adjudicator and guest conductor, Mr. Stone has conducted honor bands and orchestras throughout California, as well as in Arkansas, Colorado, Nevada, Oregon, Texas. and Utah. Recent and upcoming guest conducting engagements include the 2018 Hart School District Junior High School Honor Band and the San Luis Obispo County Middle School Honor Band in 2019. This past June, he served as guest conductor with the United States Air Force Band of the Golden West. Mr. Stone has served for many years as a guest conductor at the Cazadero Performing Arts Camp in California’s Sonoma County.