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Education for the Next Generation

A large part of Ensemble ACJW’s educational work in local New York City public schools consists of Interactive Performances—assembly-style concerts during which fellows lead listening activities, demonstrations, and musical discussions to allow students a more in-depth engagement with the music being performed. In addition, fellows are each partnered with a New York City public school instrumental music teacher to help to strengthen their students’ musical skills and support the schools’ needs through creative projects and instrumental teaching. Five ACJW fellows—James Riggs (oboe), Stanislav Chernyshev (clarinet), Michael Zuber (bassoon), Jenny Ney (French horn), and Siwoo Kim (violin)—recently led an Interactive Performance at PS 21Q, where Michael Zuber is partnered with the school’s music teacher, Audrey Mullen.

Below, watch 2012-2014 ACW fellows Liam Burke (clarinet) and Laura Weiner (French horn) discuss their experiences with interactive performances at PS 21Q.

Mullen shared about the lively and positive engagement during the performance:

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Being a partner school with Ensemble ACJW has given me the opportunity to bring incredibly talented musicians and professional music performances to my students at PS 21Q. As my students participate in an Interactive Performance, their brains are engaged, their souls are being nurtured, and their faces radiate their enjoyment. When working directly with a ACJW fellow partner, my students are motivated, excited, and encouraged. They begin to realize that having a career in music is an attainable dream for them.

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After the performance, Ms. Mullen’s fourth-grade music students shared what they enjoyed most:

“This shows us that music is all around us in life.”

“We can see how professionals play their instruments.”

“It shows us how we can work together to make something better.”

Ms. Mullen added, “This partnership has been an exceptional experience for me, and for my students. Together, we have grown in our musical skills, our practices, and our expectations. With Ensemble ACJW, music at PS 21Q has risen to greater heights!”

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