How I Used Free Resources to Build My Music Program

Picture it. August of 2015. I was a teacher who had just relocated his whole family from Florida to New York City. Fortunately, I had found a job as music teacher split between two schools. On my first day in class, my students had nothing. Only me. No instruments, no razzle dazzle, just me. Fast forward to December of 2018. My classroom now has 10 keyboards, 6 acoustic guitars, a bass guitar, an electronic drum set, and a portable PA system. My intention with this article is to share how I got from August 2015 to December 2018.

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Building a District 75 Musical Theatre Program

I have both the privilege and challenge of directing the end-of-year show at our school. My first year, we did a Broadway revue. Because of its success, my AP suggested that we do a full show the following year. So we did Aladdin. I typed out the lyrics to each song, and to make their meaning come across more clearly, I supplied images from Aladdin that went along with each lyric.

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Thoughts on Recruitment in the Choral Classroom

Thoughts on Recruitment in the Choral Classroom

Each year, I hear chorus teachers lament that students are not signing up to join chorus during the school day. Many students experience chorus in elementary school, and are ready to try something new in middle school. Students are excited by new classes available to them, such as S.T.E.M, dance, computers, art, band, drama, and other attractive options. The question remains: How can we make chorus shiny and new once again?

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What Folks are Saying ...

What Folks are Saying ...

The Computer Tech workshop with Jim Frankel and Barbara Freedman was nothing but enlightening to a computer savvy and to the non-technological teacher. Information presented was beneficial in the music classroom as a teaching tool, a creative tool and as an assessment tool. Participants experienced first hand the MusicFirst website having been given access immediately to test drive its content with its founder. While on the other hand, Barbara Freedman noted many interesting technological elements for using equipment and software to compose music.

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In the Spotlight

In the Spotlight

Brian Worsdale is a very busy man. Not only has he been recently named Music Director of The Three Rivers Young Peoples Orchestras in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, he is now also Director of The New York Pops’ Kids on Stage program. Kids on Stage is part of The New York Pops’ PopsEd education portfolio, providing middle school students access to the professional performance process from the first audition to the final note!

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