Mr. Stoddard graduated from the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music in 1994 with a B.M. in music education. He first taught at Sts. Peter and Paul School in Fall River, Massachusetts, where he also served as parish organist and choir director. After that, he taught in Ashburnham, Massachusetts while studying for the M.M. degree in music education from the University of Mas- sachusetts at Amherst, which he earned in 2000. At UMass he earned all three levels of Orff-Schulwerk certification. In 2002, he began teaching in Marble- head. Shortly after he came to Marblehead, he earned the Kodaly Certificate from the Hartt School of Music. In 2009 he became a National Board Certi- fied Teacher in early/middle-childhood music.