Summer Music Educators Workshop Offered from July 19–22 in Carnegie Hall's Resnick Education Wing
Intensive Program Gives Music Teachers the Opportunity to Rejuvenate their Teaching Practice and Build Community with Peers from Across the Country
Participating Educators Join Members of the National Youth Orchestra of the USA and Conductor Marin Alsop for a Pop-Up Performance in Times Square on Saturday, July 22 at 1:00 P.M.
(June 29, 2017) From July 19 to 22, Carnegie Hall will host the Summer Music Educators Workshop, giving school and community music teachers from across the country the opportunity to re-energize their teaching practice, learn from leaders in the field, and exchange best practices with peers. Over the course of four days, 125 educators will engage with expert guest faculty on a range of topics centered around the theme “Dare To Create,” including how to embrace a culture of creativity in music classrooms, and how to use composition and improvisation to inspire young musicians. Participants will play their instruments in workshops and ensembles, engage with guest faculty in creative breakout sessions, and attend the July 21 concert by the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America (NYO-USA). They will also have the opportunity to join members of NYO-USA for a pop-up performance in Times Square led by conductor Marin Alsop on Saturday, July 22 at 1:00 p.m. (More details to be announced.)
This summer intensive builds upon the success of the ongoing Music Educators Workshop, a free school year program launched during the 2013–2014 season for teachers based in the New York City area who work in schools and community settings with K–12 students. During monthly professional development sessions, teachers at all stages of their careers investigate core strategies for teaching music skills, conducting, choosing repertoire, programming concerts, and introducing composition and improvisation into the classroom, while having the opportunity to observe visiting faculty working with student ensembles. In 2015, Carnegie Hall launched the national Summer Music Educators Workshop, reaching 64 educators in its inaugural year and expanding to 100 last season.
"Carnegie Hall is deeply committed to providing students across the country with access to a high-quality music education, and we believe the single most powerful tool in making that happen is a motivated, skilled, and well-supported music teacher,” said Sarah Johnson, Director of Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute. “In the coming season, we will expand the Music Educators Workshop, making it available to elementary-level teachers, allowing us to have a greater impact by providing more teachers with the resources needed to teach effectively and thoughtfully. We hope that participating teachers will return home inspired and ready to implement what they have learned in their classrooms, deepening the experience of countless young musicians."
Guest faculty for the Summer Music Educators Workshop will include:
- Marin Alsop, Music Director, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
- Twyla Tharp, Choreographer, Director, and Author
- Thomas Cabaniss, Composer and Teaching Artist
- Richard Mannoia, Teaching Artist and Education Consultant
- Nicole Mitchell, Flutist, Composer, Bandleader, and Educator
- Ronnie Oliver, Jr., Associate Director of Choral Activities, Manhattan School of Music
- Eric Dalio, Secondary Teacher and Professional Development Facilitator
During the 2017–2018 season, Music Educators Workshop school-year participants will also have the opportunity to go deeper into a content area of their choice in one of three curriculum tracks:
- Creating Memorable Introductions to Music: Explore a wide range of approaches to making the most of students’ first impressions of formal music instruction.
- Exploring Composition and Creativity: Discover ways to engage students creatively through composition, improvisation, and songwriting across a range of genres.
- Leading and Creating Ensembles: Develop conducting techniques, rehearsal strategies, and planning routines to lead instrumental or choral ensembles.
For more information, please visit:carnegiehall.org/musiceducatorsworkshop
About Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute
Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute (WMI) creates visionary programs that embody Carnegie Hall’s commitment to music education, playing a central role in fulfilling the Hall’s mission of making great music accessible to as many people as possible. With unparalleled access to the world’s greatest artists, WMI’s programs are designed to inspire audiences of all ages, nurture tomorrow’s musical talent, and harness the power of music to make a meaningful difference in people’s lives. An integral part of Carnegie Hall’s concert season, these programs facilitate creative expression, develop musical skills and capacities at all levels, and encourage participants to make lifelong personal connections to music. The Weill Music Institute generates new knowledge through original research and is committed to giving back to its community and the field, sharing an extensive range of online music education resources and program materials for free with teachers, orchestras, arts organizations, and music lovers worldwide. More than half a million people each year engage in WMI’s programs through national and international partnerships, in New York City schools and community settings, and at Carnegie Hall. This includes 380,000 students and teachers worldwide who participate in WMI’s Link Up music education program for students in grades 3 through 5, made possible through partnerships with over 90 orchestras in the US, Brazil, Canada, Japan, Kenya, Puerto Rico, and Spain.
For more information, please visit:carnegiehall.org/Education
Lead support for Music Educators Workshop is provided by the Brooke Astor One-Year Fund for New York City Education.
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