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Let's Make Music!

  • NYU Steinhardt 35 West 4th Street, Room 985 New York, NY, 10012 United States (map)

Presented by Rocco Oppedisano & Gina Costanza

Learning and Reinforcing Musical Concepts Through Movement and Play (by Rocco Oppedisano)

Research has repeatedly shown that children need opportunities to move in class. Movement and play are an essential foundation for emotional and social development. The body is also a tool for learning. There is a connection between memory and movement, which has been evident in my nearly 13 years of teaching. Children who experience and explore musical concepts through the senses (visual, aural, kinesthetic) are more likely to retain what that is, because they have built a relationship with that concept with their bodies. So in this workshop, get ready to move! This workshop will provide participants music games, movement, and songs for grades Pre-K to 5 that my students have loved year after year. Each of the activities will either present, reinforce, or practice musical concepts. Suggestions and recommendations will also include how to differentiate and modify activities for each participant's classroom setup.

Recorder Jamboree (by Gina Costanza)

Getting a little tired of “Hot Cross Buns”? This session is for you! Participants will get to explore new, kid-tested materials, and come away with assessment strategies and ready-to-use activities for beginning and intermediate recorder. Activities will also include singing, improvisations, and Orff/barred instrument accompaniment. Feel free to bring your own recorder or borrow one for the session. Join us at the jamboree!

Rocco Oppedisano ( is the general music/vocal music teacher at Public School 261 in the Boerum Hill section of Brooklyn, New York. He started there in September 2007 but has been working for the Department of Education since 2006. Rocco is also an Adjunct Lecturer at the Conservatory of Music at Brooklyn College (CUNY) where he has taught the course Music In The Elementary School. He has a B.A. in Music from the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College (CUNY) and an M.A. in Music Education from Brooklyn College (CUNY). Rocco is trained in the Kodály method, receiving his training from New York University, and from the Kodály Institute in Kecskemet, Hungary. In 2019, Rocco also completed his Orff Level 1 Certification. He is currently a member of the NYCCAOSA (Orff) Chapter and also has served on the local boards of the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) and the Kodály Organization of New York (KONY), where he is still currently a member. Rocco also co-facilitates professional developments in New York City twice a year where he meets with other music teachers to share best practices.

Gina has spent the last 14 years teaching general music and chorus to students in grades Pre-K through 12 in public, private, and charter schools. She received her Bachelor's in Music Education from the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College, a Master’s in Music Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, and is certified in Orff Level 1. This fall she will be graduating with a Master’s in School Building Leadership from City College of New York. She has presented workshops at the NYSSMA Winter Conference and at the 2015 NAfME Regional Conference. In 2015, she co-founded the Music Educators Collective and the City Music Educators Festival. Last year, served as the Recording Secretary and Social Media Chair of MEANYC. She is currently the President-Elect of MEANYC.

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

  • Pre-registration cost for current MEANYC members is $15 online and $20 at door.

  • Cost for non-members is $25.

  • Collegiate members can register for free.

  • MEANYC professional members get one free workshop each school year. If you are a member and haven’t claimed your one free workshop, please visit your member dashboard and fill out the form.

  • Registration is non-refundable.

Later Event: September 24
Annual Fall Gathering