We are excited to announce the second publication of our new journal - Presto! This is a publication for MEANYC members, written by local music educators. Kudos to Graham Johnson, Carmen Elias, Leonore Nelson, and Jennifer Schecter for writing feature articles for this edition. Please check out the newest edition below.
No. 1, Vol. 2
Ten years ago, I recall receiving an e-mail that MEANYC was organizing an All County music festival! I saw this as another wonderful performance opportunity for my students and could not wait to involve them. I nominated 26 students for the band and waited with bated breath, hoping that four or five would be accepted! Much to my surprise all 26 of my students were accepted.
My story is probably similar to many music teachers in New York City. I was the founding music teacher at an elementary school in the South Bronx that had never had music. I was the only music teacher in the building, there was no curriculum, and the administration barely came into my classroom. I was alone. Like most of us, I dove into the hard task of trying to figure it all out, not only how to be a great music teacher but how to create a program.
When I entered into teaching 15 years ago, one of the first teaching job presented to me would have been teaching beginner band. As a string player who was hoping to teach strings, the thought of teaching beginner band started giving me palpitations. Luckily, I met with a veteran teacher who gave me tips on how to start a beginner band before I went in for the interview. I didn’t have to worry about teaching beginner band but I still remember that feeling of “where do I begin?” So here are a few tips/suggestions/advice that I have given to a few colleagues over the years who have asked me “How do I start a string program?”
Afro-Latin rhythms are part of the foundation for jazz, rock and pop music. You can teach Afro-Latin rhythms to give your ensemble a strong rhythmic foundation and explore connections between different cultures. Afro-Latin rhythms include rhythms from salsa, Afro-Cuban 6/8 (bembé), swing, bachata, merengue, bossa nova, and samba music, all rooted in West Africa and developed in places like Cuba, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Brazil.
MEANYC member, Graham Johnson, presented ”Afro-Latin Rhythms in Band and General Music” at NYU on March 16th, 2019. Sharon Burch presented “Swing into Spring with Stories, Games, and Jazz for Kids (that anyone can do!)” on April 6th, 2019 at NYU.
We are extremely excited to announce our workshop series for the 2019 – 2020 school year. Each workshop will take place at NYU Steinhardt, and will provide 4 hours of CTLE credit.
On May 1st, 2019, MEANYC hosted the annual Honoree Dinner at Riccardo’s by the Bridge – in Astoria, Queens.
This volume -
Music is for Everyone
NYC Teacher Nominated
Presto! Articles Wanted
This is the time of year when we can see just how much our students can demonstrate a mastery of everything we’ve taught them. One of my sixth grade students raised her hand last week and said, “Mrs. Peltz, the altos are still missing the do-la skip at measure 43 on page 5. Can you go over it again?” Of course I could, that is, once I got over the fact that this young musician was speaking the language of “music.”
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