MEANYC Executive Board 2016-17


Social/Public Events Co-chair

Barbara Novick earned a Master of Music degree in Flute Performance from the University of Michigan School of Music, and Bachelor of Music degree in Flute Performance from CUNY Queens College(Aaron Copland School of Music).

After 28 years as a NYCDOE music educator,  Barbara retired from full-time service in 2012.  She has been a member of the NYCDOEArts Achieve team working in conjunction with Carnegie Hall since 2011.          

Barbara is currently an Adjunct Professor/Field Supervisor at NYU Steinhardt (Music and Performing Arts), Adjunct Professor at CUNY Queens College (Aaron Copland School of Music), and mentor for NYCDOE music educators with the Arts Matter Initiative.

As a flutist and harmony vocalist, Barbara performs regularly with numerous folk and world music recording artists, as well as chamber musicians,  throughout the greater New York area and beyond.  She is also principal flutist for the Jackson Heights Symphony.

Barbara is very pleased to have been invited to join her esteemed colleagues on the MEANYC Executive Board, and equally thrilled to be joining forces with MEANYC in advocating for her fellow music educators and their students.

Past President

Michelle Turner earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Music in Piano Performance from Bowling Green State University (OH).  In addition, she holds a Level Three Orff Schulwerk certification. She is employed at P.S. 36 in the Bronx, a K-5 school, where she began the program sixteen years ago that now includes a Music and the Brain keyboard lab, a Music Memory enrichment program, a Fourth grade chorus, a Fifth grade chorus and a percussion ensemble. Michelle has lent her piano skills to serve as chorus accompanist for the All-County M.S. Festival for its first four years as well as for the Inaugural All-County H.S. Festival. She also makes music as a soprano with the New York Choral Society.


Social/Public Events Co Chair

Patricia Peltz is a Nationally Board Certified Teacher for Music/Early Adolescence through Young Adulthood.  She earned her Master in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University and a Bachelor degree in Music Education from the University of Florida.  Patricia is with the Arts Matters program and currently teaching at The Robert Fulton School and The Park Slope School in Brooklyn.  

Patricia taught a number of years in Florida before moving to NY and was selected as Teacher of the Year for Elementary, Middle, and High School levels.  She was instrumental in creating strong music programs at every level for her district.  She served on the board of the Florida MEA and is thrilled to be a part of this amazing team.  

Recording Secretary

Elena Foronda earned her BS (Music) and MA (Music Education) degrees from Hunter College of the City University of NY (CUNY). She is a NYSSMA Solo Piano Adjudicator and NYSSMA Voice Adjudicator; preferred music substitute teacher and vocal coach at Stuyvesant HS, Manhattan, NY. Elena was a soprano member of the Kingsborough Musical Society, Inc. She was an Adjudicator/Proctor for the NYCDOE Office of Arts and Special Projects’ Arts Achieve Grant (2011-2014); invited to conduct choral pieces in a collaborative venture of The NYC Music Teachers Association/UFT and MEANYC sponsoring a choral workshop featuring Jeanette LoVetri [clinician], (2012); and invited to participate as a soprano member of the Distinguished Concerts International of NY (DCINY) at Avery Fisher Hall of Lincoln Center for The Performing Arts, (2013) and Carnegie Hall (2015 and 2016); the NYU Chorale (2013); and faculty member participant in the Concert Chorus of Stuyvesant HS (2013), Verdi Chorus (2015) and Mozart Chorus (2016). Elena was soloist in performing Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 for Soprano and Orchestra of Violoncello by Heitor Villa-Lobos at the invitation of Brooklyn Conservatory of Music cello faculty member Martha Siegel, colleagues and and students. She is a mentor for the NYCDOE Office of Arts and Special Projects’ MS/HS Arts Matter, (2015-) and was facilitator for Instrumental Music Teachers’ Inter-Visitations at Fort Hamilton HS, The School For The Urban Environment (2015) and MS 390 (2016).


NYSSMA Representative
Government Relations

Maria Schwab earned her Bachelor of Music (education) degree from Ithaca College, and Master of Arts (educational theater) degree from New York University.  She has taken many post-graduate courses in music education, choral music, drama and elementary education from various universities.  

She currently teachers music at P.S./M.S. 84, a Pre-K - 8 school in Astoria, where she began the program 8 years ago.  The program incorporates Little Kids Rock, the Weill Music Institute's Musical Explorers and LinkUp! programs, band, and Fourth Grade Chorus, which will be performing for the third straight year at the Empire State Plaza in Albany, NY as part of the NYSSMA "Music In Our Schools Month" activities.  Prior to teaching in Astoria, Maria taught at P.S. 150 (Sunnyside) and P.S. 83 (Manhattan); she began her teaching career at the High School level. 

Maria began the MEANYC Middle School All-County festival, now in its fifth year.  outside of 'education life', Maria is a church organist/singer in the NYC area, and sings with the NY Choral Society.  She lives in Brooklyn with her stage-hand husband, black-belt son, and dancing daughter, who all sing in harmony - Maria's favorite thing to do!


MEANYC Workshop/Professional Development Co Chair
MEANYC Social Media Chair
NYC Music Teachers Association / UFT Professional Committee Co Chair

A native of Brooklyn, New York, Sharon Golub’s musical journey began at a young age.  She studied piano from age 5 all the way through college, participating and excelling in many different piano competitions and activities on the local and state level.  She earned her Bachelor in Arts in Music Education and Psychology at Hunter College and a Masters in Science in Instructional Technology from NYIT.   She is a member of Psi Chi, Kappa Delta Pi, and Phi Beta Kappa. 

Ms. Golub is employed for the last 18 years at PS 11, a Pre-K-5th grade school in the Manhattan Chelsea area.   Her music program includes a Music and the Brain Keyboard Lab, an affiliation with the Riverside Symphony Music Memory program (a program designed to develop a lasting appreciation for fine music in young people), Orff xylophone and world drumming ensembles, 2nd and 3rd grade performance groups, and a 5th grade Musical Theater Group and Chorus. Ms. Golub had the privilege of bringing the Music and the Brain Program to Israel, training teachers at Achuzat Sarah, a home for children in Bnei-Brak. At PS 11, Ms. Golub is committed to making music an integral part of curriculum. She believes music stimulates the imagination and enlightens the mind. It is an integral part of the education and development of the whole person. 

Previous to teaching at PS 11, Ms Golub taught piano privately. She toured extensively with many rock bands and recorded a CD with an Atlantic Records recording artist.  In 2013 Ms. Golub was nominated for the first Teaching Grammy Award.

Ms. Golub has authored 2 music books called Rock Spell-A-Story (Vol. I & II).  The Spell-A-Story series is a fun approach to learning notes, note values, music appreciation, and improving sight-reading skills.

District 75 Representative

Brian received his BA and MSED in Music Education from CUNY Queens College. He is currently split between two schools in Brooklyn: PS 370K and Brooklyn School of Inquiry. He has worked with students on the elementary, middle school, and high school level. His teaching experience has led him to work with students who have severe special needs - in addition to students who are gifted and talented. Mr. Wagner has taught: general music, string orchestra, musical theatre, and performing arts. He is a classically trained cellist, and currently plays regularly in the NYC area.

He has presented, and co-presented workshops for: NYSSMA, NYCDOE, SCMEA, OMEA, NJMEA, CMEA, NYSCAME, NAfME National In-Service Conference, NAfME Biennial Eastern Division Conference, and an online webinar professional development for NAfME. He has also presented lectures at CUNY Brooklyn College, CUNY Queens College, and NYU. He has developed sessions focused on: adapting musical material for special learners, incorporating repertoire use to teach social/cognitive/interdisciplinary skills, and using repertoire to focus on social-emotional needs.

He has additionally had articles published in: School Music News, Tempo, Maryland Music Educator, and Bluegrass Music News, in addition to NAfME’s blog Music in a Minuet.

Mr. Wagner strongly believes in mentoring younger and new teachers, especially when working with special learners. He has opened his classroom to many pre-service, and in-service educators, as well as hosted a variety of student teachers from local colleges.

Mr. Wagner is very pleased and proud to be serving on the MEANYC Executive Board.


Susan Davis
Bernice Fleischer
Patricia Glunt
Richard Klingensmith
David LaMorte
Lisha Lercari
Barbara Murray
Michael Pitt
Penny Prince
Ira Shankman
Nancy Shankman
Elise Sobol
Ronald Thompson