Degrees and Certifications:

Mr. Shawn Brandt

Mr. Brandt has been involved in music his whole life.  He started his musical journey in 3rd grade where he started playing the saxophone, and a year later, started to play the violin.  A year later, he switched from violin to upright bass.  In middle school, he switched over to tuba and electric bass.  After playing in orchestra, band, marching band, and jazz band in high school, he went to study music composition at Baldwin Wallace University.  After earning his bachelor's degree, he went to the University of Akron to earn his masters in music composition.  After graduating from UA, he attended Cleveland State University, where he earned his teaching license. 

Outside of teaching, Mr. Brant enjoys playing in The Elvis Wonder Show Band, Linda and the Boyz, as well as an up-and-coming jazz sextet, as well as a pop-punk cover band.  He also composes, arranges, and records his own music.  Non-music activities he enjoys are camping, hiking, stargazing, plane spotting, and traveling.  He also has played in various pit orchestras at the Beck Center, Huntington Playhouse, Chagrin Valley Little Theater, and Cassidy Theater.  Mr. Brandt also teaches private music lessons as well.  The 2023-2024 school year will be his fifth year at A.B. Hart, and 9th year teaching.  He is looking for an upcoming successful and productive year of teaching music to CMSD scholars!