Brendan Hughes is a music educator and performer based in Northern New Jersey. He has over 15 years of experience as a public school teacher and is an active woodwind doubler and private teacher.


Music Education

Mr. Hughes has over 15 years of experience as a public school music educator in New Jersey. He holds both a B.A. and M.A. in Music Education from Montclair State University. Mr. Hughes has directed both high school and middle school bands, has taught Music Technology and General Music courses, and run an award-winning marching band. Mr. Hughes has also taught privately and his students have gone on to success in many honors ensembles and careers in music.

Music Performance

As a performer, Mr. Hughes is active throughout Northern New Jersey. These days you will mostly find him performing in pit orchestras and with the New Jersey Wind Symphony. Trained as a clarinetist, Mr. Hughes has developed a specialty on bass clarinet. Mr. Hughes also frequently doubles on saxophones, particularly tenor and bari, and also performs on flute and bassoon.

Music Technology

Mr. Hughes has become increasingly interested in the ways that music technology is reshaping music education. He has taught Music Technology Courses, incorporated music technologies into existing general music and instrumental curricula, and presented professional development on the topic.

Other Musical Pursuits

In addition to his teaching and performing, Mr. Hughes has a wide variety of other musical interests. He is always learning and exploring new technologies and bringing them into his classroom. Mr. Hughes also dabbles in electric bass and enjoys exploring Irish Traditional Music. His newest adventure is to begin blogging sharing his experiences and connecting with other music educators.


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