Music Educators Workshop: Inspiring Teachers
The 2013–2014 season marks the launch of Carnegie Hall’s Music Educators Workshop, a series of innovative and hands-on professional training activities for choral and instrumental ensemble directors from middle schools and high schools across New York City. Through this unique yearlong opportunity—a program of Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute—educators at all stages of their careers enhance their artistry, while bringing best teaching practices to their classrooms.
Throughout the year, directors participate in workshops with student ensembles and visiting faculty, learn from professional artists, set goals and explore rehearsal techniques for their classrooms, network, and attend concerts at Carnegie Hall. Three workshop participants recently shared some of their experiences.
Long Island City High School, Queens
This workshop is a dream come true. It gives music teachers not only the opportunity to be surrounded by others who are passionate about music education, but also the opportunity to learn from the best educators in the field. To be a master teacher, one must always continue learning. The educators leading the workshop are experts in their respective disciplines. More important, they are excited to share their deep wealth of knowledge. The workshop provides music teachers with the opportunity to think and reflect deeply on our music education philosophy and teaching practices. In addition, it gives us the philosophical and practical tools to implement higher musical standards to take students from being artisans to being artists. As a result, my students are more deeply engaged, which gives them an ever more profound love of music, a love they can use to express themselves in ways they never knew they could.
|Allison Hungate Wood
Elias Bernstein Intermediate School, Staten Island
This year, I made the switch from high school to middle school chorus. I am actively designing new choral curriculum, implementing new rehearsal strategies, developing my classroom environment, and re-envisioning my role as a music educator as a result of my new position. In the midst of that transition, my participation in the Weill Music Institute’s Music Educators Workshop has been incredibly valuable. I am at an opportune time in my career to grow as an educator. Through my experiences with my colleagues in the workshop, I am able to see new possibilities and develop new ideas for my classroom. The guest lecturers have also given me new perspectives, while reminding me of the high standards I must demand of my students and myself. I know that my students will benefit from my work this year and in the years to come.
High School for Public Service, Brooklyn
Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute is setting the standard for what music education should be. It is fostering an environment where teachers learn from each other and grow together. This experience has come at the perfect time in my teaching career, and it has been extremely inspiring and energizing to be a part of the Music Educators Workshop community. This program aims to fan the artistic fire of teachers. It starts by building on fundamental concepts and then consistently encouraging teachers to set high standards for themselves and their students. Their guiding artistic vision is encouraging me to select quality repertoire and then carefully craft meaningful goals and outcomes for my students. Carnegie Hall’s commitment to excellence has reminded me that music education not only enhances students’ potential to be successful in their core subjects, but also uplifts and inspires us all to be more alive, more connected—in short, more human.
"Carnegie Hall is deeply committed to providing young people in New York City with access to a high-quality music education, and we believe the single most powerful tool in realizing that goal is a highly skilled and well supported school music teacher. The Music Educators Workshop provides teachers with resources to teach more effectively and thoughtfully, in turn deepening the experiences of thousands of students annually."
—Sarah Johnson, Director of the Weill Music Institute