Education: University of Delaware 2002: BA in Music Education Wilmington University 2010: Masters in School Counseling Certified: Music K-12, School Guidance 9-12 (5-8 in Middle School) Mr. Grant has been the Music Director at DMA since the day of it’s opening in 2003. Since then he has built an award winning band and choir program.
The DMA Marching Band has achieved several outstanding accomplishments including achieving a superior ranking at Music in the Parks in 2009, the Esprit De Corps award in 2009 in competition with 70+ groups from the east coast. The band has also had the opportunity to travel to Disney twice for once-in-a-lifetime educational performance opportunities including participating in Disney’s 2010 Memorial Day Parade. In the past he has worked with many high school marching bands including Thomas Dale HS in Chester, VA, Elkton HS in Elkton, MD, and Glasgow HS, in Newark, DE. In these positions he gained experience arranging music and writing drill for a marching band. During his time at University of Delaware he was a 4 year member of the Marching Band where he served as a staff member for 3 years; 99’- Music Section Leader, 00’ Drill Section Leader, 01’ Music Coordinator for Brass section.
The DMA Choir has also achieved several outstanding accomplishments during its years of operation including achieving “superior” and “excellent” rankings at music festivals across the east coast and performing at many honorary events in Delaware. Since earning his Masters degree in School Counseling, Mr. Grant has handed the choir torch on to the new chorus director and continues to support and travel with the chorus. He looks forward to the great strides and achievements the choir will take under this new and talented director.
Education: Mansfield University: Bachelor of Arts
Certified: ARTC, University of Delaware, Music K-12
Mrs. Joyce Harkey was raised in Bucks County, PA and attended Council Rock High School where she was actively involved in multiple choirs, ladies’ quartet, orchestra, jazz band and theater. At Mansfield University, she was a member of the college show choir “Mansfieldians” and studied piano under the late Dr. William Goode.
She brings her experience in classroom music, choral directing and private piano instruction to the cadets at DMA. Her piano students participate regularly in DSMTA Solo and Theory Festivals and studio recitals. She has led award-winning choirs, successfully preparing students for All-State Choir and competitions such as “Music In The Parks”. She regularly plays keyboards for the worship team at Pike Creek Bible Church.
She is a member of Music Teachers National Association and the American Choral Directors Association. She also sits on the Board of Directors of the Delaware State Music Teachers Association and Accent Music, Inc.
Mrs. Harkey is looking forward to working with the cadets at Delaware Military Academy! She wants to provide an engaging choir and music elective program that provides cadets with a well-rounded resume and positive school experiences.