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Fine Arts Contact Info:
Co Dept Chairdeechristie@fcsuvt.org / 802.527. 6584 /
I am a creative person who through my educational journey have returned to my high school alma mater, where I am literally teaching in the room I was born in. Not only do I teach @ BFA, I teach at my house after school & have a small art business selling my art that I Do in repurposed old books. Being a lifelong learner my thirst for knowledge is never quenched, and continue to take classes & workshops to educate myself. My biggest success is my students memories that I hear once they have graduated years later.
Co Dept Chairman / Teacherebushey@fcsuvt.org / 802.527. 6537 /
A native of Swanton, Vermont, Eric Bushey is a graduate of the University of Vermont with a degree in Music Education and Plymouth State University where he received a Masters in Instrumental Music Education. He has been the director of instrumental music at BFA, St. Albans since 1996 and was previously the Band Director at Waterbury Elementary School from 1993-1996. During his time at BFA time he has been responsible for Bands 1, 2, & 3, Beginning Guitar Class, Music Theory, String Orchestra, Jazz Band, Pit Orchestra, and Marching Band. Eric was voted the BFA “Teacher of the Year” in 2001. As the director of instrumental music at BFA, Bushey has created a vibrant Beginning Guitar Curriculum where he is able to teach students in one semester guitar techniques that help to keep them playing for a lifetime. Students from this class have gone on to both enjoy the guitar casually and even, in a couple of cases, major in guitar performance at both UVM and the Berklee School of Music. Bushey has also brought back the String Orchestra to BFA. This ensemble was last a part of the school’s curriculum before World War II. Students with previous string experience coupled with beginners have made this ensemble nearly double in size in the past two years. A strong foundation of string training basics has been the focus and the success of this ensemble. Eric has been featured as a saxophone soloist with the Vermont Wind Ensemble and the UVM Concert Band. He has performed with the Bach Wind Philharmonia, the Vermont Symphonic Winds, the UVM Saxophone Quartet, the Generation Sax Quartet, Sterling Weed’s Imperial Orchestra, the Swingin’ Vermont Big Band and several other Concert Bands and big bands throughout the state. Eric has performed on jazz, and funk guitar in the Nouveau Jazztet and Pushback quartet. His latest musical projects include The Stragglers and the Blue Rock Boys where he has focused on electric guitar and tenor and 5-string Banjos. He currently resides in Underhill, VT with his wife Aimee and children Noah and Ella.
Teacherrharte@fcsuvt.org / 802.527. 6584 /