Upcoming MEANYC Events


Afro-Latin Rhythms in Band and General Music
Mar
16
10:00 AM10:00

Afro-Latin Rhythms in Band and General Music

Presented by Graham Johnson


Afro-Latin rhythms are part of the foundation for jazz, rock and pop music. This workshop will demonstrate how you can teach Afro-Latin rhythms to give your ensemble a strong rhythmic foundation and explore connections between different cultures. Afro-Latin rhythms lend themselves well to ensembles that include students with a wide range of skills because the parts that students play can be differentiated and scaffolded, presenting opportunities for peer coaching. I will teach applications for rhythms from salsa, bossa nova, samba, swing, 6/8 Bembe, bolero, bachata and merengue. Session participants will gain a variety of tools for practicing rhythms and planning lessons for ensembles playing various kinds of rock, pop, Latin or jazz music on various instruments. Participants will also learn how to orchestrate these rhythms for a percussion section and use these rhythms for comping and soloing on chordal and melodic instruments. Please bring an instrument to this workshop. All instruments are welcome!


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Graham Johnson is a music teacher at Washington Heights Expeditionary Learning School (WHEELS) in Manhattan. He is leading the expansion of the WHEELS music program as the school grows to include Pre-K through 12th grade. He has taught elementary, middle and high school band and general music classes, as well as special education, for ten years. He plays piano with jazz groups in New York City, where he has also had the opportunity to study with top musicians on the Latin music scene. He studied economics, music theory and jazz piano at Oberlin College, and received an MS in Education


This workshop satisfies 3 hours of CTLE Credit (forms available at Workshop)

Payment and Cost: Workshop is $15.00 with advance online registration (PayPal) at meanyc.org $20.00 at the door if you prefer to pay cash or credit card. Advance registration entitles you to pay $15.00 at the door. Walk-ins pay $20.00. MEANYC members get one free workshop. No fee for college students. 

*Please check with security for the room number.

**Registration is nonrefundable**

Click here for a PDF of the flyer.


Afro-Latin Rhythms in Band and General Music - Registration

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NYC High School Honors Music Festival
Mar
29
to Mar 30

NYC High School Honors Music Festival

The NYC High School Honors Music Festival planning committee is pleased to announce the 7th annual NYC High School Music Honors Festival, to be held once again at the Grand Street Campus High Schools (850 Grand Street, Brooklyn, NY - L to Grand Street) on Friday, March 29th and Saturday, March 30th. This festival will consist of an Honors String Orchestra, Symphonic Band, Chorus and Jazz Ensemble comprising students representing the best of as many NYC Public, Private and Charter schools as possible. The Festival will consist of rehearsals Friday March 30th from 4pm to 9pm and Saturday March 30th from 9am to 2pm with a culminating concert at 230pm. Directors nominating students are expected to attend the festival with students both Friday and Saturday.

This year's distinguished guest conductors are quite possibly the most impressive list yet - Travis Cross (Director of Bands, UCLA) for the Symphonic Band, Shareef Clayton for the Jazz Band, David Fryling (Director of Choral Activities, Hofstra) for the Chorus, and Ian Shafer (Manhattan School of Music) for the Orchestra.

Music Teachers are encouraged to nominate their best and most reliable students for the festival. Directors are responsible for distributing, collecting and submitting permission slips for accepted students as well as notifying festival chair ASAP of any students who have to withdraw from the festival.

Directors are also responsible for printing and distributing music as per part assignments and making sure students prepare their music before the festival. Directors will be sent pdf's of all documents and music.

Please understand that not all nominated students can be accepted, but as many as possible will be. We seek representation from all participating programs. Directors are responsible for distributing, collecting and submitting permission slips as well as notifying festival chair of any students who have to withdraw from the festival. Our goal is to completely avoid having no shows the day of the festival. Directors are also responsible for printing and distributing music as per part assignments and making sure students prepare their music before the festival.

Please collect the following information from students before nominating them for the Festival:
Student's Name
Student's Email
Parent's Email & Phone #
Emergency Contact Name & #

Music Teachers will also be asked some basic questions about each nominated student that help us to create properly balanced ensembles and pick appropriate music. Music teachers are asked to give each nominated student a rank per ensemble. For example, if you are nominating 10 students for the choir, rank them 1 (best) to 10 (worst) in the grounds of ability and reliability.

This year music teachers must submit all nominations on the online form below. THERE WILL BE NO PAPER FORM TO NOMINATE STUDENTS. Please email Festival Chair Sondra Braeutigam (bsondra@schools.nyc.gov) if you have any questions or concerns.

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Swing into Spring with Stories, Games and Jazz for Kids (that anyone can do!)
Apr
6
10:00 AM10:00

Swing into Spring with Stories, Games and Jazz for Kids (that anyone can do!)

Presented by Sharon Burch, Author of the Freddie the Frog series and
the Jazz for Young People lessons from Jazz at Lincoln Center.


Shortcuts and teaching tips to save you time while keeping kids engaged and bouncing out the door with a swingin’ beat

Everyone that registers ahead of time will receive a FREE Freddie the Frog and the Thump in the Night storybook and Freddie the Frog plush toy, plus FREE step-by-step lesson slides used that day.


10:00am-11:00am Stress-free Teaching and having Fun!
Experience how a puppet, stories, singing, movement and interactive games transforms your teaching experience. You'll feel guilty that you get paid to play all day! Sharon Burch, music specialist and creator of the Freddie the Frog books, will share strategies that make teaching music easy and fun!

11:00am-12:00pm Music, Math, and Popsicle Sticks
Learn how to sequence singing games, mystery songs, and Popsicle stick lessons to teach math while teaching music making the mental cogs turn while having fun! Kids learn and they don't even know it! Easy assessment included.

1:00pm-2:00pm Scat Singing for Kids with the 12-Bar Blues
Introduce kids to jazz through scat singing for the classroom or choral setting. Scat singing is the easiest way for kids to begin developing their jazz chops, but singing non-sense syllables as a soloist can be unnerving. Inhibitions disappear when using a Freddie the Frog story to introduce kids to scat singing, and then extend the learning with 12 steps including group echo scatting, flashcard instruction, scatting partners, and classroom rhythm instruments. Simplify for kindergarten or use all 12 steps for an introduction to scat singing for middle school or high school choirs.

2:00pm-3:00pm Jazz for Young People - Now What?
So now you have the Jazz for Young People Volume 1 Teacher's Guide, now what? An education consultant for JALC, Sharon will lead you through interactive lessons from Wynton Marsalis’s Jazz for Young People resource, making it easy to do with your students the next day! The interactive jazz lessons are created with the content of Wynton Marsalis and Jazz At Lincoln Center (JALC) recordings. Students play pitched and unpitched instruments along with great jazz standards of New Orleans jazz and the recordings of JALC artists. Designed for teachers who may or may not be trained in America’s art form, making jazz accessible to everyone. Interactive jazz theory incorporating 21st Century Skills. Grades 2-8 general music and used by directors of beginning jazz ensembles at every level.


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Sharon Burch serves as an elementary education consultant for Jazz At Lincoln Center and chairs the Jazz Education Network (JEN) Education Committee, receiving the President’s Service Award. She is a National Board Certified Teacher in Early and Middle Childhood Music, a certified teacher with the International Piano Teaching Foundation, and holds a master’s degree as a Professional Educator. She’s the bestselling author of the Freddie the Frog Book series, teaching resources, musicals and jazz education teaching strategies for the classroom setting.


This workshop satisfies 4 hours of CTLE Credit (forms available at Workshop)

Payment and Cost: Workshop is $15.00 with advance online registration (PayPal) at meanyc.org $20.00 at the door if you prefer to pay cash or credit card. Advance registration entitles you to pay $15.00 at the door. Walk-ins pay $20.00. MEANYC members get one free workshop. No fee for college students.

*Please check with security for the room number.

**Registration is nonrefundable**

Click here for a PDF of the flyer.


Swing into Spring with Stories, Games and Jazz for Kids (that anyone can do!) - Registration

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Swing into Spring with Stories, Games and Jazz for Kids (that anyone can do!) - Student, Annual Free Membership, and Pay at Door

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Nov
9
4:00 PM16:00

Social Hour #1 - Queens/Astoria

Please join us this Friday, November 9 from 4-7pm at Oliver's in Astoria: 37-19 Broadway at 38th Street. Near the M, R, N, W trains and Q104 bus.

Be sure to RSVP to the event on Facebook by clicking here!

Hope to see you there!




About Social Hour:

MEANYC will be hosting a monthly social hour for teachers to relax and hangout with no agendas, rubrics, or recorders in sight. Each month we'll reserve a space in a different borough. 5 boroughs, 10 months of school, two events per borough. All you have to do is show up! It doesn't matter where you live or work; you're welcome every month.

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"Computers, iPads, and Chromebooks. Oh My!" and "Getting The Full Picture: Assessing Your Music Students Online with MusicFirst"
Nov
3
10:00 AM10:00

"Computers, iPads, and Chromebooks. Oh My!" and "Getting The Full Picture: Assessing Your Music Students Online with MusicFirst"

2 Sessions presented by Barbara Freedman and Jim Frankel


Session I: Computers, iPads, and Chromebooks. Oh My!
Barbara Freedman
Bringing the 21st century into your classroom need not be a mystery or a chore. Get the low down on how each device works, what works for each device, and what you can use for free right out of the box in your classroom. Not just for the teacher getting started with technology, topics covered will include hardware and software choices for different grade levels specifically for the music classroom. Attendees will be able to understand their device better and what the options are for their device and the limitations of their device. Some suggestions will be given for each device for teachers to use to create materials for their classroom and for students to use to create music.

Session II: Getting The Full Picture: Assessing Your Music Students Online with MusicFirst
Jim Frankel
In this session we will discuss challenges that teachers are facing with assessment, performance preparation, and grading based on his own experience as well as the experience of the teachers in the session. He will then demonstrate the benefits of the MusicFirst Online Classroom and integrated software tools and explore how cloud-based technology can facilitate a more efficient music classroom. Teachers will see the Online Classroom, it’s functions, and capabilities from the perspective of a teacher creating assignments as well as a student completing their assignments. Teachers will be given login credentials to complete demo work on their own devices.


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Named the 2012 National TI:ME Technology Teacher of the Year, Barbara Freedman is a former NYC public school music teacher and has been teaching Electronic Music & Audio Engineering at Greenwich High School in Connecticut since 2001. She is the author of the book “Teaching Music Through Composition: A Curriculum Using Technology” published by Oxford University Press. Barbara is a technology trainer, professional development leader, and consultant to schools and districts seeking to create technology labs and integrate technology into curricula. Barbara has served on the music technology education advisory boards for MusicFirst, Spotify, and the International Baccalaureate Organization and is the Co-President of the Connecticut Chapter of TI:ME. She holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Music in Performance from Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music, City University of New York and Professional Studies Diploma from the Mannes College of Music. She studied conducting at the Hartt School of Music, Westminster Choir College, and The Juilliard School and is completing her Ph.D. in Learning Technologies at the University of North Texas. Barbara performs regularly with the Ridgefield and Bridgeport Symphonies and is a freelance musician in the NY Metropolitan area. Best known as a music technology educator and trainer, Barbara’s motto, “Teach music. The technology will follow.” has become the rallying cry for music technology teachers around the world.

 

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Dr. Jim Frankel is the Head of Digital Education for the Music Sales Group, and Director of MusicFirst. Previously, he was the Managing Director of SoundTree, and before that he was the instrumental and general music teacher for 15 years in New Jersey Public Schools. Jim is a widely published author in various state, national and international journals of music education. He is the author of The Teachers Guide to Music, Media & Copyright Law, co-author of YouTube in Music Education, contributing author for Critical Issues in Music Education and co-author of Making Music with GarageBand & Mixcraft. In addition to his writing, Jim is a highly sought-after clinician and keynote speaker in the local, national and international music education community. He is on the Board of Directors for TI:ME, NJMEA and is the past president of ATMI.


This workshop satisfies 4 hours of CTLE Credit (forms available at Workshop)

Payment and Cost: Workshop is $15.00 with advance online registration (PayPal) at meanyc.org $20.00 at the door if you prefer to pay cash or credit card. Advance registration entitles you to pay $15.00 at the door. Walk-ins pay $20.00. MEANYC members get one free workshop. No fee for college students. 

*Please check with security for the room number.

**Registration is nonrefundable**

Click here for a PDF of the flyer. 


Computing Devices in the Music Classroom: On Your Desk, In Your Bag, or In Your Pocket - Registration

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Computing Devices in the Music Classroom: On Your Desk, In Your Bag, or In Your Pocket - Student, Annual Free Registration, or Pay at the Door

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Strategies for Recruiting Students into the Choral Classroom and Choral Reading Session
Sep
22
10:00 AM10:00

Strategies for Recruiting Students into the Choral Classroom and Choral Reading Session

Presented by Sara Shikowitz


Session I - Strategies for Recruiting Students into the Choral Classroom
In this interactive workshop, we will explore innovative ways to recruit students into the
chorus classroom. We will also discuss various engaging activities to implement into
your teaching that will motivate and inspire your students to continue their participation
in the chorus/music classroom.

Session II -Choral Reading Session
Participants will have the opportunity to start their school year off right with new
materials! We will spend time sight-reading through repertoire to help you plan your
future performances.


Sara Shikowitz is a proud music educator working in the New York City
Department of Education. She serves as the choral director at Halsey Junior
High School 157 in Rego Park, Queens. She teaches the grade six chorus,
grade seven and eight chorus, select chorus, show choir, and intergenerational
choir. The choral program includes over 300 students. Her select chorus has
received a “gold with distinction” rating at NYSSMA for three years in a row,
and was selected to perform in the Queens Borough Arts Festival. Ms.
Shikowitz is also the music director for the spring musicals. In addition to
working at Halsey, Ms. Shikowitz is a NYSSMA adjudicator for both solo and
major performances, and a consultant for off-broadway children’s musicals.
Ms. Shikowitz taught as an adjunct professor of music education at Queens
College, and conducted the Middle School All-County Festival for SCMEA.
Sara received her Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from Ithaca College
and received her Master's Degree in Music Education from Queens College


This workshop satisfies 4 hours of CTLE Credit (forms available at Workshop)

Payment and Cost: Workshop is $15.00 with advance online registration (PayPal) at meanyc.org $20.00 at the door if you prefer to pay cash or credit card. Advance registration entitles you to pay $15.00 at the door. Walk-ins pay $20.00. MEANYC members get one free workshop. No fee for college students. 

*Please check with security for the room number.

**Registration is nonrefundable**

Click here for a PDF of the flyer.


Choral Workshop Registration

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Choral Workshop Student Registration/Annual Free Workshop Registration

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MEANYC Goes to a Ballgame!
Jun
25
6:30 PM18:30

MEANYC Goes to a Ballgame!

Join MEANYC (the Music Educators Association of NYC) at a Brooklyn Cyclones game as they take on the Lowell Spinners. 
Have a fun evening while supporting Music Education in NYC. 
Arrive early so you don’t miss the marching band of Marine Park IS 278 perform the National Anthem before the game begins! 

Buy your ticket at this link:
https://groupmatics.events/MEANYC

 

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Apr
26
4:00 PM16:00

Social Hour #8 - Manhattan

Join MEANYC for our 8th Social Hour of the year.

Join us at the Harlem Tavern!
Visit the MEANYC Facebook page for more details and to RSVP.
Up Next: The Bronx

About the MEANYC Social Hour:

MEANYC hosts a monthly social hour for teachers to relax and hangout with no agendas, rubrics, or recorders in sight. We reserve a space in a different borough each month. 5 boroughs, 10 months of school, two events per borough. All you have to do is show up!  It doesn't matter where you live or work; you're welcome every month.

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New York Citywide Honors Music Festival
Mar
23
to Mar 24

New York Citywide Honors Music Festival

Festival Details:

  • Rehearsal Friday, March 23rd from 4 PM to 9 P.M.

  • Rehearsal Saturday, March 24th, starting at 9 A.M. 

  • Concert Saturday, March 24th, starting at 2:30 P.M. 

 
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Social Hour #7 - Brooklyn
Mar
22
4:00 PM16:00

Social Hour #7 - Brooklyn

Join MEANYC for our 7th Social Hour of the year.

Two blocks from the 77th Street R Train Station in Bay Ridge. We hope to see you there!

About the MEANYC Social Hour:

MEANYC hosts a monthly social hour for teachers to relax and hangout with no agendas, rubrics, or recorders in sight. We reserve a space in a different borough each month. 5 boroughs, 10 months of school, two events per borough. All you have to do is show up!  It doesn't matter where you live or work; you're welcome every month.

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Mar
3
10:00 AM10:00

Successful Inclusion Models in Music Education

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2 Workshops
(each workshop will be 2 hours long-you attend both)
presented by Adam Goldberg and Brian Wagner

There will be an hour lunch (feel free to bring a snack)

**Please bring an iPad if possible** (tablets are a 2nd option)

Workshop I-Music Making Environments Designed for All
presented by Adam Goldberg

Workshop II-Engaging All Learners: Tools and Techniques to Reach Different Types of Learners in the Music Classroom
presented by Brian Wagner

This workshop satisfies 4 hours of CTLE Credit

All workshops are $15.00 with pre-registration, and $20.00 at the door
MEANYC members get one free workshop
College Students no fee

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MEANYC Social Hour #6
Feb
15
4:00 PM16:00

MEANYC Social Hour #6

Join MEANYC at One Station Plaza in Bayside and start your break off right!

Located right next to the LIRR Bayside stop and the Q31 and Q13 buses-a convenient stop on the way home for our teachers who live on Long Island.  We would love to see you there!

Visit the MEANYC Facebook page to RSVP.

UP NEXT: Manhattan

About the MEANYC Social Hour:

MEANYC hosts a monthly social hour for teachers to relax and hangout with no agendas, rubrics, or recorders in sight. We reserve a space in a different borough each month. 5 boroughs, 10 months of school, two events per borough. All you have to do is show up!  It doesn't matter where you live or work; you're welcome every month.


 

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Jan
6
9:30 PM21:30

Successful Inclusion Models in Music Education (Cancelled)

Dear MEANYC membership and Workshop Attendees,

Due to the inclement weather, we feel it best to cancel the Saturday, January 6, 2018 Successful Inclusion Models in Music Education workshop.
As much as we'd love to have this event, we want all of you to be safe and not traveling in the cold and icy weather. 

If you paid for the workshop by check, your money will be refunded. If you paid through Paypal you need to request a refund through Paypal online.

We will let you know if the workshop is rescheduled.

Stay warm.
Sharon

MEANYC in collaboration with NYU Steinhardt Music Education is happy to announce our next workshop: 

Successful Inclusion Models in Music Education

Workshop I-Music Making Environments Designed for All
presented by Adam Goldberg

Workshop II-Engaging All Learners:
Tools and Techniques to Reach Different Types of Learners in the Music Classroom
presented by Brian Wagner

Please bring an iPad if possible (tablets are a 2nd option)
Refreshments provided

This workshop satisfies 4 hours of CTLE credit.

$15 in advance, $20 at the door/MEANYC members get 1 free workshop, College students-no fee. Click on PayPal button to pay in advance.

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Nov
19
9:00 AM09:00

A Complete Tune-Up of your Conducting Technique: Choral Conducting Tips for Your Classroom Needs

A Complete Tune-Up of your Conducting Technique:
Choral Conducting Tips for Your Classroom Needs

Presented by Harold Rosenbaum
Saturday, November 19, 2016
9am-1pm

This action packed workshop will focus on conducting and rehearsal technique as well as practical musical concerns.  We begin by sharpening your physical technique; the single most needed area of improvement for conductors on all levels.  Next we move on to rehearsal technique, covering such things as how best to give pitches, how to teach parts most effectively, where to place the piano, and when to introduce more subtle concepts such as phrasing, diction, and dynamics and pitch integrity into the rehearsal process.  Come with scores you have worked on, are working on, or might work on in the future, and ask questions, such as how to approach and release a fermata, when to subdivide, choosing between giving cues and cutoffs, what to do with the left hand when not being used, and anything else which you are concerned about.  You will leave inspired and filled with creative ideas of your own

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